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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2006
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2006
(search item no. 100633)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese is a smooth, full bodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70% of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30% are left to dry until the end of December. The fresh juice obtained at harvest is blended with the juice for the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine.

What Allegrini affectionately refers to as their "baby Amarone" is more approachable with its pleasant fruity character with raisin-like qualities. Pairs well with a wide range of first courses, including full-flavored pasta and risotto dishes. Also enjoy with roasts such as veal, turkey and lamb, as well as with grilled meats such as barbequed chicken, steak or sausages. Excellent with hard and semi-hard cheeses.

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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.



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Albino Armani Soave 2007
Albino Armani Soave 2007
(search item no. 98494)

PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Castles, churches, bell towers and luxurious aristocratic villas emerging from the sea of vineyards demonstrate the rich history and traditions of the Soave production zone, (in the eastern part of the hills in the province of Verona) closely linked to its principal product.

Straw yellow in color, on the nose it is fresh and fragrant with scents of hibiscus, rose and honeyed apricot. In the mouth it is dry and long lasting with red apple flavor.

An excellent aperitif and goes very well with raw fish, oysters and shellfish, and baked or grilled fish. It can also stand up to pasta with vegetables and meat sauce.

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About Albino Armani:

The Armani family has been handcrafting wines in the Alto Adige region of Italy for over 400 years. Out of deep respect for the winemaking process, their focus includes saving native Italian varietals from extinction and by so doing, preserving the culture the century old vineyards and varietals represent. Armani combines cutting edge technology with ancient winemaking techniques like the passito method of drying grapes prior to fermentation.