Under CEO Marilisa Allegrini’s leadership, the family wine business has expanded to Bolgheri (Poggio al Tesoro) and Montalcino (San Polo), but the Allegrinis remain firmly ensconced in their home territory of Valpolicella, where their roots trace back to the fifteenth century. They make this Amarone with a selection of the best grapes from the estate’s 247 vineyard acres. It comes off a 2017 growing season that was torrid in so many Italian wine regions, but more even and classic in the hills of Fumane, with wide day-night temperature differences near harvest that preserved acidity and produced a wine with a broad spectrum of flavors, from rich cherry and plum to dark chocolate, licorice and grilled game. Powerful tannins grip the flavors, balanced by a rich, glossy texture. It’s a warm and winter-ready wine, with notes of black spice lingering on the finish.
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This story appears in the print issue of December 2021.
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