Saturday, February 4, 2012
2006 Allegrini "La Grola"
Had a great time with a bottle of 2006 Allegrini La Grola IGT Veronese and a plate of vegetarian lasagna this evening. This single vineyard blend of 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Syrah and 5% Sangiovese shows a beautiful, clear ruby color in the glass. Amazing cherry compote, licorice and soy/beef broth notes on the nose and palate. Full-bodied palate coats the mouth in cherries and bittersweet baker's chocolate. Seamless balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. Some nice green tobacco notes and more bitter chocolate on the long, tannic finish. Other than a few older Amarones, I don't have any experience with drinking wine from the Veneto with any age. But I can't imagine this drinking any better than it is tonight. Really firing on all cylinders and a great value in the $25 range.