Allegrini Giovanni Allegrini Recioto Classico 2012



The nose is bursting with fruit, followed by fresh floral notes and pepper. Thanks to the prolonged ageing, the wine has perfumes of macerated fruit and aromatic herbs. The sweetness on the palate is well balanced with acidity and tannins. Its unique concentration made this wine the favourite of Giovanni Allegrini and as such it is named in his honour.

The southeast facing vineyards are situated in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 240 metres above sea level.  Soils mostly consist of chalk and clay. The older vines are trained using the Pergola Trentina, with 3,000 vines per hectare whereas the younger ones are Guyot trained, with 5,000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is 31 years.

Conditions during the growing season were excellent, with ideal day and night time temperatures right up to the 16th of August when the heat wave struck. Two weeks of heat meant that some of the more exposed grapes were damaged and these had to be removed. When the rain fell at the end of the heatwave, the vines recovered some of their vigour and they began picking at the beginning of September, a little earlier than usual. The resulting volumes were approximately 10% lower than usual but the wines are ripe, with good levels of dry extract and a wide range of intense perfumes.

After picking, the grapes were dried naturally for four to five months at the ‘Terre di Fumane’ – a temperature and humidity controlled drying centre. During the drying period, 50% of the original weight of the grapes was lost. Vinification began with the de-stalking and soft pressing of the grapes which were then fermented at up to 22ºC. Maceration lasted for 19 days with daily pumping over. The wine was racked into 225 litre French oak barriques, where it remained for 14 months until bottling.  It matured for a further ten months in bottle before release.  

65% Corvina/Corvinone
30% Rondinella
5% Oseleta
13% abv
Allegrini Giovanni Allegrini Recioto Classico 2012
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