2012 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Year: 2012
Appellation: Veneto
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :

"The vibrancy and harmony keeps this elegant and well-trimmed throughout, with a concentrated core of tarry mineral and flavors of crushed black cherry, dried thyme, mocha and spice. The fine-grained tannins impart density and a lightly chalky texture. Drink now through 2027. 1,300 cases imported.–AN " (WS)

"Allegrini has crafted a wine of enormous power and opulence. The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is out-sized and decisively overdone. This wine will appeal to a hard-core group of Amarone enthusiasts who appreciate extra darkness, extract and intensity. You get all of that in this hot-vintage Amarone, and you also get a significant dose of oak spice (it ages in barrique for 18 months). In fact, those toasted tones of Christmas spice, clove and dark vanilla are what first emerge from the bouquet. And they emerge with force. The wine is super thick and dense. You could almost drink it with a spoon. I drank from the bottle 24 hours after opening it, and the wine was just as pristine and impactful as the day before. It remained virtually unchanged. The alcohol touches 16%." (WA)

"A dense and rich Amarone with soft and velvety tannins, lots of ripe-fruit flavors and tar, coffee and raisin undertones. Flavorful finish. Generous wine. Full-throttle. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Blue flower, baked plum, exotic spice and pipe tobacco are just some of the aromas you'll find on this bold red. The full-bodied enveloping palate doles out layers of juicy black cherry marinated in spirits, fig, cinnamon, mocha and nutmeg framed in velvety tannins. Drink through 2022." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Wine Description:
Made from dried Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Oseleta grapes using the thousand year old technique of appassimento: after being harvested, the grapes are left to dry for three to four months. Amarone is an extremely important wine in Italian viticulture, a unique and unrepeatable symbol of the Valpolicella region.

Tasting Notes:
A well structured, complex, elegant, and velvety wine, with intense ruby red color. It has a warm and spicy bouquet, with aromas of raisins. This wine is traditionally consumed with game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles, and well matured cheeses. Excellent with hearty dishes and perfectly suited for drinking with Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. This wine can age for 20 years.