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. All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from these vineyards. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.
The family`s southeast facing vineyards are located at 180-280 metres above sea level. The soils are varied, but mostly chalky, clayey and well-drained. The older vines are 30 years old on average.
The grapes were dried at `Terre di Fumane`, a state of the art drying centre with controlled temperature and humidity. By drying the grapes under these conditions, the development of botrytis was avoided and the integrity of the fruit preserved. During the drying period, the grapes lost 40-45% of their original weight. Vinification took place in the first two weeks of January. The dried grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel between 8-22ºC. Maceration lasted 25 days, with daily pumping over. The wine was racked into 100% new oak barrique (225 litres) in March for 18 months. After blending, it spent seven months in 8,700 litre oak casks, and 14 months in bottle.
A true classic of the Valpolicella Classico area. Deep and inky in the glass, this wine 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 perfect degree of acidity and ripe tannins.
Aldo Conterno is one of the historic names of Italian wine.
The Conterno family has been making wine in Monforte since at least the 1700’s. Aldo’s grandfather, Giovannni Conterno, founded his own winery in 1908 which was then run by his son, Giacomo. After a stint in the USA in the 1950s, Aldo worked with his older brother Giovanni in this winery until he decided to strike out on his own in 1969. Aldo’s three sons now make the wine (Stefano) and run the business (Franco and Giacomo). Over the years, production has been deliberately reduced and the family now produces 80,000 bottles rather than the 200,000 produced in 1998.
85% of the fruit for this Barolo comes from a selection of the best vineyards on the Bussia Soprana hill. The remaining 15% comes from a Conterno vineyard within the commune of Barolo, whose vines are at least 25 years old. The 2011 vintage will be remembered as unconventional, with its very early harvest and low yields in the vineyard. Very high temperatures were recorded during August, causing a loss in weight in the fruit but rainfall in the first week of September was providential and, combined with the lowering of night-time temperatures, allowed excellent balance in the phenolic components of the grapes. The Nebbiolo grapes arrived at the winery with all the properties sought after in the great wines of this region.
Temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with temperatures around 30°C. Maceration on the skins and fermentation lasted five to six weeks. The wine remained in stainless steel for a further three to five months after which it was transferred to large Slavenian oak barrels where it remained for 26 months before bottling.
Deep red in colour with a purple sheen. The fine nose shows floral and herbaceous notes with subtle red fruits. With its supple tannins, great depth, lovely intensity of flavour and a touch of minerality, this Barolo is a classic example of the Nebbiolo grape at its best.
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