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Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

Hauled out of the cellar in anticipation of another waterlogged week in Portland, I've contented myself with Allegrini's classically styled Amarone della Valpolicella. The 2012 vintage, like the 2010 I sampled two years ago, is of similar richness and texture. Plums, aged leather, figs, and tar are denser notes that form the base and backbone of this wine. Wafting incense, spice, and sweet tobacco lend complexity along with black-tea steeped tannins and balsam that hit right at the mid-palate. Oh for a fireplace. 15.7% ABV | Sample Allegrini Azienda Agricola 9.2 Points...

Amarone Braised Beef Short Ribs

Amarone Braised Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta and Mission Fig Glaze

I couldn't bring myself to use an entire bottle of Amarone as the cooking wine for the short ribs, instead I substituted a bottle of 2011 Palazzo Delle Torre from Allegrini. Pallazzo Delle Torre is a blend of Corvina Veronese and Rondinella, traditional varieties that go into the making of Amarone, and part of the grapes that comprise the final blend are air-dried as well. The wine is lovely on its own and is attractively priced, at least, I didn't feel remiss to sacrifice an entire bottle. I did use a cup of 2010 Allegrini della Valpolicella Classico Amarone in the fig glaze, the rest we drank...

Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010

Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010

The 2010 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a stunning and seamless blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta that have been air-dried for 3-4 months, or until the grapes lose around 50% of their volume. Voluptuous notes of incense, fresh road tar, figs, blackberry reduction and cedar waft from the glass. The palate echoes the nose—there is depth and richness equally matched by a rather nervy cord of mineral-laden acidity wrapped in dusty tannins. An excellent, long finish dusted in cocoa powder and sweet tobacco. 15.3% ABV | Sample Allegrini Azienda Agricola 9.2 Points Find my recipe and pairing for Amarone Braised Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta and Mission Fig Glaze here....

Quintarelli Giuseppe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998

Quintarelli Giuseppe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998

Quintarelli's Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998 seduces with aromas of plums, black cherries, black tea and baker's cocoa and spice. One the palate layers of glycerol and fine tannin weave through attenuated notes of this peppery, wonderful spice accent that is evident on the attack and later, emerges on the finish, it is, in fact a central theme to this thrilling novella. Dried herbal notes add complexity to the final chapter. 9.5 Points...