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Date Printed: 1/26/2015
Allegrini Amarone 2005
Allegrini Amarone 2005
(search item no. 99955)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 1/26/2015: $78.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Oseleta grapes following a thousand-year old appassimento tradition of the Valpolicella region: After the grapes are hand-harvested, they are left to dry for three – four months in shallow racks, stored in a well-ventilated, state-of-the-art drying facility. The result is a super rich and concentrated wine. Amarone is an iconic wine, and is extremely important not just to the Valpolicella region, but to Italian winemaking on the whole.

This ruby-red wine displays warm and spicy aromas of dried cherries, plums, mocha, fig and sweet spice. On the palate it is well-structured, velvety and elegant. This wine makes an excellent pairing with roasted or grilled meats and game, hearty casseroles, aged cheeses and it also pairs brilliantly with Middle Eastern or Asian cuisine—even sushi! This versatile wine is ready to drink now, but will age beautifully for years to come.

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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.