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  • Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017

    £58.95

    “Allegrini is located in the Fumane sub-zone of Valpolicella, and it maintains vineyards throughout the Classica zone, which aids in creating a balanced expression of Amarone, the flagship of this venerable estate. As with many producers of the region, a new project has also begun in the Lugana growing area, where Allegrini is trying their hand at a blend of Turbiana and Cortese grape varieties to create their new Lugana Oasi Mantellina, now in its second vintage. What’s more, Marilisa Allegrini, current generation and owner of the estate, spoke in detail about many of the changes at the winery and throughout the region. One trend, which can be witnessed at Allegrini, is a push toward more IGT-classified wines, which allows producers to experiment with the region’s native varieties, as well as international grapes, without adhering to the blending rules of Valpolicella and Amarone. In the case of Allegrini, and in the trajectory I favor, it’s an interest in the potential of Corvinone, both as the primary grape within a blend or as a varietal wine. The results can be witnessed through the 2015 La Poja, included in these reviews, which was a standout in my tastings. However, there is also a new Valpolicella project that will be more focused on Corvinone. As much as I love to see producers pushing boundaries, my only fear is that many of these wines will be swallowed up by the sheer size of Italy’s IGT classification, and they may never receive the recognition they truly deserve. Another varietal wine to look out for is the La Poja, a 100% Corvina Veronese that doesn’t see any air-drying yet shows remarkable depth and concentration. That said, the wine that still impresses me most here is the Amarone. The 2016 that was tasted for this report is a force to be reckoned with.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Allegrini La Poja 2016

    £74.99

    “Allegrini is located in the Fumane sub-zone of Valpolicella, and it maintains vineyards throughout the Classica zone, which aids in creating a balanced expression of Amarone, the flagship of this venerable estate. As with many producers of the region, a new project has also begun in the Lugana growing area, where Allegrini is trying their hand at a blend of Turbiana and Cortese grape varieties to create their new Lugana Oasi Mantellina, now in its second vintage. What’s more, Marilisa Allegrini, current generation and owner of the estate, spoke in detail about many of the changes at the winery and throughout the region. One trend, which can be witnessed at Allegrini, is a push toward more IGT-classified wines, which allows producers to experiment with the region’s native varieties, as well as international grapes, without adhering to the blending rules of Valpolicella and Amarone. In the case of Allegrini, and in the trajectory I favor, it’s an interest in the potential of Corvinone, both as the primary grape within a blend or as a varietal wine. The results can be witnessed through the 2015 La Poja, included in these reviews, which was a standout in my tastings. However, there is also a new Valpolicella project that will be more focused on Corvinone. As much as I love to see producers pushing boundaries, my only fear is that many of these wines will be swallowed up by the sheer size of Italy’s IGT classification, and they may never receive the recognition they truly deserve. Another varietal wine to look out for is the La Poja, a 100% Corvina Veronese that doesn’t see any air-drying yet shows remarkable depth and concentration. That said, the wine that still impresses me most here is the Amarone. The 2016 that was tasted for this report is a force to be reckoned with.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Allegrini Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2015 (500ml)

    £41.99

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  • Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011

    £85.49

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  • Casa Coste Piane Valdobbiadene Prosecco N.V.

    £20.99

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  • Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015

    £34.49

    Was £42.99

    “The 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico sees four months of appassimento, and the blend is 70% Corvina and Corvinone, followed by 30% Croatina, Rondinella and Oseleta. Add in the 30 months of aging between barrique and botte grande and you get so much plush and ripe black fruit here, with spice, tar, cured tobacco and new leather. The moderate residual sugar adds to the wine’s thick volume and softness, making it a nice pairing with a rich liver dish such as the local fegato alla Veneziana. Some 25,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2019-2030. 93 points

    Le Salette makes some of my favorite wines in Valpolicella. Franco Scamperle and his team have purchased an additional two hectares of vines in the Fumane area, where higher altitudes allow for the diurnal shifts between day and nighttime temperatures that are so important to maintaining structure and vibrancy in the local wines.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (244)

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  • Le Salette Pergole Vece Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016

    £89.99

    “The 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Pergole Vece is especially spry and lifted, offering smoky minerals, citrus-tinged blackberries and hints of confectioner’s spice. It keeps the energy high from start to finish, as silky textures gain momentum through juicy acids, giving way to medicinal cherries, minty herbs and a hint of bitter espresso bean. The 2016 doesn’t miss a beat, with a caking of fruit concentrate creating a sensation of tension under an air of sweet inner florals. While I’m loving the vibrancy here, I expected more depth from the 2016 vintage, as well as an old-vine bottling. 80% Corvina, Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, Oseleta. Drinking window: 2021-2030. 91 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Le Salette Pergole Vece Recioto della Valpolicella 2012 (500ml)

    £39.99

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  • Maculan Acininobili 2012 (375ml)

    £49.99

    “The 2012 Acininobili Bianco Passito is a stunning rendition of the native Vespaiola grape, offering impressive depth, complexity and personality. This is a terrific dessert wine made with grapes that were air-dried for up to 120 days following the harvest and that also developed Botrytis cinerea during the careful appassimento process. The wine is made in various formats (with 1,500 375-milliliter bottles and 700 750-milliliter bottles). I tasted the wine in the larger-format bottle, but it is only released in the smaller format in the United States market. Basically, the same Vespaiola grapes that go into the Torcolato wine are used here. At the end of the drying process, those clusters that have developed Noble Rot are selected by hand and directed into this precious wine instead. If the Noble Rot does not occur, this wine is not produced. The results are really quite extraordinary, with candied orange peel, maple syrup and golden honey. The mouthful is rich and viscous, wrapping over the palate in smooth and steady waves of gorgeous intensity. This is a true nectar of the vines. Drink: 2019-2040. 97+ points

    This is a great time to enjoy the celebrated wines of Maculan. The vineyards are in their prime production years, having celebrated their 20th birthday. Some new vineyards have also been planted with mildew resistant clones that will one day make two new wines, one red and one white. This estate is located within the Breganze appellation in the northern part of Vicenza province. This appellation measures 700 hectares in size and is home to only 17 wineries. The DOC was founded in 1969 and allows for French varieties such as Pinot Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. Some 70% of the wine zone is located on hills with soils of volcanic origin. The other 30% of the appellation is in the flatlands with clay and gravel soils (at 100 to 300 meters above sea level).”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (09/19)

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  • Marion Amarone della Valpolicella 2014

    £69.99

    “Marion is located in Marcellise, on the hills east of Verona and just outside of the Soave production zone. At this address, there has always been a focus on pure ripe fruits and a more balanced style instead of leaning on the overuse of appassimento and oak to create large-scale and confectionary wines. At one time, their claim to fame was in part a collaboration with Celestino Gaspari, who had gained recognition working with Giuseppe Quintarelli, and who also went on to create Zyme. In fact, this was the selling point that caught my attention many years ago and got me tasting Marion wines. I’m glad I did, because this continues to be a winery worth watching, even if they’ve morphed slightly in style and work with a new team. The fact is that the real driving force since the very beginning, and what continues to make this winery special, are the owners, Stefano Campedelli and his wife, Nicoletta Fornasa, who are constantly experimenting with methods to bring further refinement to their portfolio. For one thing, there is a constant move toward increasing the percentage of larger, neutral-aging vessels, at this time 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak. Marion has always been known to rely mostly on a combination of tonneaux and large casks, but today, the use of tonneaux has gone down even further to around 10%, and all untoasted. What’s more, Campedelli explained to me that they are looking to reduce the amount of residual sugar in their wines, “wines that you can drink rather than fleshy big-boned wines,” proudly stating that the 2016 Valpolicella comes in at zero grams per liter. Speaking of the wines, the two vintages of Valpolicella (2015 and 2016) were both fantastic, but there is really something special about the 2016, which punches well above its price point. Also from 2016, the Amarone is one to buy and bury in the cellar. Another great showing was the Teroldego, from vines planted using cuttings from Elisabetta Foradori. The 2015 is pure elegance in a glass, and it’s really quite unique. It’s produced using partial appassimento, and it matures just as much as the house Amarone, for three years in large oak and tonneaux. In fact, the only wine from this year’s submission that didn’t find a way to impress me was the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, again produced using partial appassimento. It simply didn’t have the depth and structure that you’d expect from both the vintage and the winemaking process. It was simply too easy to like. Overall, though, Marion continues to be at the top of their game.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone Classico 2012

    £104.99

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  • Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016

    £38.99

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