375ML- Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2018 (Italy)
Producer Notes: The result of the Allegrini family’s expertise, a true classic of the appellation, this red wine embraces tradition, territory and the know-how of country ways. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes. Lengthy refining and ageing finally yields a red wine that has become emblematic of Italian oenology, alongside Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. It has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the right degree of acidity and refined tannins.
Wine Spectator, 94 Points: Hattingley’s rose is elegant, fresh and downright delicious. The color of ballerina slippers, it opens with delicate aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry and grapefruit. They’re backed by richer ones like vanilla and baker’s yeast. The palate is wonderfully refreshing, with bubbles that prickle and bounce over the whole tongue right through to the tart red berry finish.
James Suckling, 93 Points: A very well-made Amarone that shows good poise and dryness on the palate, with black chocolate, cigars, dark raspberry jam, wax and graphite. Lots of silky, melted tannins on the medium-to full-bodied palate, before an elegant and dry finish. Excellent length. Sustainable. Still needs some time for extra complexity to come through.
Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points: Macerated black cherries bathed in a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, thyme and pepper waft out of the glass, inviting you to delve deeper. The silky-smooth palate is full of plums and cherries, cocoa powder and freshly ground coffee. The wine is balanced with fine tannins and enough acidity to keep the palate fresh for the next glass.