Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre Honors Tradition and New Style

It’s good to get my heart pounding occasionally, right?  Stretch beyond my comfort zone a bit.  Try something that might result in failure.

My heart-pounding moment happened in Raleigh, North Carolina a few weeks ago, in a room full of wine professionals including four Master Sommeliers (there are only about 250 Master Somms in the world!), being asked to stand up and describe and identify the wine in front of me.

Two intense days of learning were concluded with a written exam and a champagne reception!

In the end, the heart pounding was worthwhile.  I learned new things about wine, about myself, and even passed the exam.

We proceeded immediately to the beach where my boyfriend and I parked our, um, selves, in beach chairs directly in front of the ocean, barely moving for two straight days (well, except to get up and open a new bottle of wine).

Stressed out crabbiness was soothed away by endless waves lapping on white sand.

I returned to work with a renewed sense of the world of wine and picked up an Old World Italian wine on my shelf.

The Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre is produced in the Veneto region near the city of Verona.

The Veneto region, in Northeastern Italy, was settled as early as 1000 BC and eventually became part of the Roman empire. By the ninth century AD, Veneto enjoyed growing wealth which benefited winemakers.  Searching for a way to make dense, concentrated wines in this cooler region, winemakers began drying grapes on mats after harvest to concentrate sugar and flavors, then crushing and fermenting them, a technique known as recioto.  Allegrini uses the traditional grapes of this area, Corvina and Rondinella, and utilizes this drying technique with 1/3 of the grapes used in this wine.  The other 2/3 of fresh juice is blended with the juice pressed from these dried grapes.

HERE IS THE WOW!
The first thing to notice is how the wine thickly coats the glass, an indication of the richness to come.

Aromas are complex with black fruits, dried berries, tobacco leaf, dried sage along with spice and oak.

The palate is just as rich as imagined.  It feels like velvet on the tongue wrapping mounds of dark berries and dried cherries, raisins and spices in its folds.  Tender tannins hold all these concentrated flavors together.  All the layers are well integrated in this thick, lush texture.

Allegrini utilizes traditional grapes and traditional techniques in this centuries-old region, to put together a new style wine that appeals to today’s wine markets.

Attempting something new, stretching boundaries…. I learned it can be a positive experience!

THIS WINE IS A WOW! FOR:
Celebrating passing the Introductory Sommelier Course;
Appreciating Old World meets new techniques;
A wine drinker who enjoys a wine with organic earthy components blended with dark, ripe fruits.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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