This wine is a perfect example of why the wines from the Valpolicella region of Veneto, Italy are so popular. Valpolicella may be most famous here in Alberta for a style of wine called Amarone, made from grapes dried on mats for months to create a rich, concentrated wine. Although Amarone is indeed a delicious treat, it is also generally fairly expensive and can be too much of a beast to pair well with food (Amarone’s generally run 15% alcohol or more!).
To the rescue comes the 2007 Allegrini Valpolicella. Lighter both on the palate and on the wallet, this food friendly gem produced mainly from the Corvina grape is a great buy. Tasting this wine is like watching a frolicking puppy, you can’t help but have a smile on your face…unless you hate puppies… in which case you probably drink Bud Light Lime.
Notes of fresh cherry rise from the glass in a crescendo of delight, accompanied by hints of spice and the trademark Italian sweet/sour note. On the palate this wine is so pure, following through with waves of fresh cherries, strawberries and a hint of earth. This is no weak, watery Valpolicella either. It has surprising body and a very silky while the 13% alcohol help to keep it food friendly. At under $20.00 (you can also find this wine in half bottles, which is how I enjoyed it) this is a perfect wine for picnics, pizza on the couch or a pasta feast with friends.
Do yourself a favour and pick this up. I would also strongly encourage you to seek out more of Allegrini’s fabulous wines. For a special occasion their Amarone is one of my favourites and is quite simply sex in a bottle, although it hits the shelf at over $100.00.