Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016
|Region||Italy, Veneto, Amarone della Valpolicella|
A lovely, harmonious red, with plump and juicy dried cherry and strawberry fruit, abundant aromatic spice and herb notes, and accents of graphite, mocha, mineral and licorice. This really sings on the palate and keeps on chiming on the supple finish. Drink now through 2026. 10,000 cases made.
93 points, Wine Spectator (Apr 2016)
Full-bodied and firmly structured, this offers aromas of dark cherry, mocha, blue flower and a whiff of exotic spice. The concentrated palate doles out black cherry, raspberry jam, raisin, chocolate and baking spice alongside velvety tannins. Drink 2017–2023.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2015)
Lots of raisin and sultana aromas with hints of figs. Full body with soft, silky tannins. Lots of new wood too. A modern, intense red. More new wood than in the past but shows lots of fruit as always. Wait and see: Try in 2016.
91 points, James Suckling (Nov 2015)
Ripe plum, blue flower and spice aromas lift out of the glass in this full-bodied red. The smooth, concentrated palate boasts a weightless elegance, delivering blackberry compote, ripe Morello cherry, licorice and baking spice framed in enveloping, velvety tannins. Drink 2022-2031.
There's a dark, mineral-driven complexity to the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that keeps you coming back to the glass over and over again. Sometimes it's licorice, sometimes blackberry or maraschino cherry, but always backed by a mix of autumnal spice, sour citrus and hints of animal musk that intrigue the senses. Velvety-smooth and almost creamy in weight, as sweet red fruits flesh out, taking on nuances of violet candies and cloves toward the close. This is pure elegance, dense yet balanced, and delivering a layer of fine tannins that linger long, as hints of bitter coffee and dark chocolate slowly fade. All of this, and at an amazingly respectable 15.5% abv. Bravo.
An elegant red, medium- to full-bodied and mouthwatering throughout, this layers supple, lightly chalky tannins with a pleasing range of crushed black currant, fresh thyme and minerally salt and iron notes. Bright and polished, with a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2030. 12,000 cases made, 1,300 cases imported.