2010 La Poja, Allegrini

2010 La Poja, Allegrini

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2010 La Poja, Allegrini


Fantastic Amarone styled wine from the tiny La Poja vineyard. Simply very special.

The Allegrini family have been in the Valpolicella Classico region since the 16th century, and to this day make some of the best examples, producing wines of richness, charm and great personality.  The late Giovanni Allegrini became the driving force of the company, the estate is now in the very capable and safe hands of his daughter Marilisa and son, Franco.

Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate says: “The Allegrini renaissance continues with this strong set of new releases from one of my favorite producers in Valpolicella.”

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of ‘cru’ production: single vineyards dedicated to the production of local varieties which produce a single wine. The wines from this cru method have been a success worldwide. Palazzo della Torre and La Poja have set some of the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines. 

The style of wine produced at the estate is, as you would expect from an Amarone producer, rich, opulent and expertly showing the soft and supple side of the wines of Veneto.
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The Allegrini family has been making wine in Valpolicella for several generations, though it was Giovanni Allegrini who really put this estate on the map through his innovative methods both in the vineyards and in the cantina. Today it is run by Giovanni`s children: Franco, who manages the vines, and Marilisa for the marketing of the wines. There are 45 hectares of vines which are situated in the townships of Fumane, Sant`Ambrogio and Marano. Allegrini produces an outstanding range of wines that includes Valpolicella Classicos, single vineyard Valpolicellas, Amarones and Reciotos. They are all made in a modern, intensely fruit-driven style, and the Amarone, in particular, is outstanding.

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Situated in the north-east of the country, Veneto is the Italy's largest producer of fine wine, responsible for around 14% of total production (2006). Venetian viticulture was celebrated as far back as Roman times by Pliny and Virgil on the strength of its 'Recitum' (possibly Recioto). The region's reputation was crowned during the Serenissima Republic (800-1800 AD) as Venice and Verona profited from its position on the silk route. As elsewhere in Italy a triple whammy of phylloxera, World Wars and republicanism saw the floodgates open and cooperatives take over.

The Veneto is still Italy's third largest wine-producing province (mostly from the plains of Piave behind Venice) with quantity rather than quality the order of the day. Nevertheless, the 1990s witnessed considerable investment and progress in fine wine production; today the wines are better than ever, even if the risk of hail dogs each vintage.

The foothills of the Lessini Mountains north of Verona are home to the famous and potentially outstanding red Valpolicella Classico, Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto made from Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and increasingly Croatina

Garganega is the grape behind the best white DOCs, Bianco di Custoza and Soave, while further north and east towards the Alps lie.

The Conegliano hills, home to the Prosecco grape and its eponymous sparkling wine.

Recommended Producers: Bele Casel, Masottina, Novaia, Marion, Monte dei Ragni, Quintarelli

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Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina is widely grown on the Veneto shore of Lake Garda and the hills of Valpolicella to the north and north-east of Verona. Sometimes known as Corvina Veronese, it is blended with Rondinella and Molinara to produce Valpolicella and Bardolino. It can be a tricky grape to cultivate, as it ripens late and is prone to rot if affected by rains at harvest time. It is a high-yielding grape and quality is very dependent on keeping yields low.

Corvina-based red wines can range in style from a light, cherryish red to the rich, port-like Recioto and Amarone Valpolicellas. Most Valpolicella from the plains is pale and insipid, and bears little comparison with Valpolicella Classico from the hills. Some producers such as Allegrini are now producing very high quality 100% Corvina wines.

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The Wine Advocate93/100

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The Wine Advocate93/100
The 2010 La Poja is the latest bottling of one of Italy's most unique wines. This is a pure expression of the Corvina Veronese variety, the chief component of Amarone wines made according to the appassimento process. La Poja allows this finicky grape to sing solo with some 20 months in new barrique followed by eight months in the bottle. The results are outstanding with pristine cherry and blackberry followed by spice, leather and tar. For best results, age this wine another four or five years.
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