Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Allegrini 2001
An utterly brilliant and benchmark Amarone from one of the Veneto’s greatest and most lauded families. This was a fabulous way to finish a truly great tasting. According to Marilisa Allegrini, 2001 was an excellent vintage in the Veneto. During the spring, average rainfall and temperatures were well within the norm. July and August were hot but also enjoyed average rainfall. Then came a hot, dry autumn which continued to ripen the grapes to perfection. It shows in the wine, which is polished, fresh, ripe and unbelievably balanced. So much so that you almost miss the 15.5% alcohol. This Amarone is very much the iron fist in a velvet glove, with incredibly supple tannins, and a sublime compote of flavours spanning coffee bean, prune, raisin, juniper, liquorice, chocolate, sweet damson and plum, smoked meat and spice box. Amazing and alluring.
Taster: John Stimpfig