The Allegrini family estate covers 120 hectares of vineyard in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. Although they have been growing grapes here for several centuries, Giovanni Allegrini was the first to start bottling wines from the family's vineyards. When he died in 1983, he passed a passion for and a commitment to quality wine onto his three children - Walter, Marilisa and Franco. They worked together to build on Giovanni's quality ethos until Walter's death in 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and the winemaking, while Marilisa takes charge of sales and marketing. From the 2007 vintage, Franco sacrificed the Classico status of the Valpolicella and bottled the wine under Stelvin to eliminate cork taint and random oxidation problems as much as possible.
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015
Super rich red. Deep red almost black in colour. The nose displays brooding aromas of ripe plums, clove, herbs and cherries. The palate is dense and heavily laden with fruit. Allegrini have vineyards situated in the best parts of the Valpolicella zone, all of which are located with the ‘classico’ boundaries.
The vintage was characterised by fairly high temperatures and healthy grapes that were perfectly intact at harvest time. The ripening phase required two emergency irrigations in the upper
hillside vineyards and also benefitted from the timely rainfall of 20th August, which helped maintain the physiological balance ofthe vines, resulting in the complete aromatic and phenolic
ripening of the grapes. The absence of rain, except on two days, during the harvest period meant that work was carried out easily and almost without interruption. The forecast is that vintage 2015 wines will be complex and long-lived, characterised by slightly above average alcohol content and a good balance between acidity and extract.