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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Allegrini La Grola 2004
Allegrini La Grola 2004
(search item no. 91833)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 70% Corvina Veronese, 15% Rondinella, 10% Syrah and 5% Sangiovese

Deep ruby red in color, La Grola offers a wide, embracing bouquet of wild berries, juniper, licorice, tobacco and espresso. Full-bodied yet silky, with juicy tannins, La Grola is the wine of choice for red meat, either roasted or in casseroles, and mellow, aged cheeses.

90 Points

"The estate's 2004 La Grola (70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Syrah, 5% Sangiovese) is made from super-ripe fruit harvested from a modern, densely-planted vineyard. It is a decidedly structured wine that explodes from the glass with an array of earthiness, blackberry preserves, sweet toasted oak and new leather in a more linear, deep style than Palazzo della Torre. It too is a superb value. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2014."
Wine Advocate

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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.