The Allegrini family estate covers 100 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area...
The family has been growing grapes here for six generations, but the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he died in 1983, it passed to his three children, who ran it together until Walter's death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, and Marilisa is director of marketing.
Palazzo della Torre covers 26 hectares of east-facing vineyard planted between 1962 and 2013, situated 240 metres above sea level. Allegrini purchased this vineyard in 1978. Soils are calcareous and rich in marine minerals. Vines are Pergola trentina trained, planted at 3,000 vines per hectare.
The summer was abnormal given the high temperatures and the prolonged absence of rainfall. The providential downpour on 17th July, with 25 mm of rain managed however, to restore water reserves and bring the vegetation back into a state of equilibrium. In addition, the abundant and much-needed rainfall at the beginning of September - about 80 mm - changed the macroclimate substantially, bringing with it the significant differences in day and night-time temperatures that are so indispensable for producing a wide range of aromas and for the retention of acidity, as well as for the phenolic ripening of the grapes. Although there was a decline in average production of 10% - 15%, the heat wave did not scorch the clusters.
The modern version of the traditional 'ripasso' technique was used for Palazzo della Torre, drying a proportion of the grapes in the 'Terre di Fumane' drying centre. This process intensifies the character of the fruit from this vineyard. The grapes to be dried were hand picked in the first week of September, whereas those to be vinified immediately were picked at the end of the month. 70% of the grapes picked were vinified immediately and 30% were left to dry until the second half of December when they were vinified and then refermented with the wine from the fresh grapes. The wine then spent 15 months in second-use barriques. Following blending, it spent a further two months in barrique followed by seven months in bottle.
Ruby red in colour, Palazzo della Torre has enticing aromas of cherry with rich dark chocolate notes. Velvety in texture, it is well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity.
|Region||Valpolicella Classico, Veneto|
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