2006 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre

I have always been a huge fan of Allegrini's Palazzo della Torre and for years it has delivered what I consider to be impressive quality for a somewhat bargain price. This wine is very much a classic example of why many Americans have started to consume more European wines. It's packed with quality and a distinct sense of place, and the price if far more affordable then many Napa or Sonoma wines.

This wine is composed of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese, and is made in the "ripasso" method. About thirty percent of the wine is made using the techniques involved in producing Amarone. (Drying the grapes out for a period of time before vinification)

The aroma profile of this wine is loaded with currant and blackberry fruit and touches of chocolate and mocha. The color of the wine is quite dark as well showing dark ruby-red accents.

On the palate the texture in smooth and round, and flavors of dark berry fruits, leather, chocolate, mocha, and a touch of cedar combine to make a complex and nicely balanced wine. This wine also has a firm structure that hints towards improvement with extended cellar time.

90 points

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