ALLEGRINI, PALAZZO DELLA TORRE
70% Corvina/Corvinone – 25% Rondinella – 5% Sangiovese
Palazzo della Torre covers 26 hectares of east-facing vineyard planted between 1962-2013, situated 240 metres above sea level. Allegrini purchased this vineyard in 1978. Soils are cretaceous and calcareous, with Pergola trentina trained vines planted at 3000 vines per hectare.
Franco Allegrini used the modern version of the traditional `ripasso` technique for Palazzo della Torre and dried a proportion of the grapes at the state of the art ‘Terre di Fumane’ drying centre, thereby intensifying the character of this vineyard. Grapes to be dried were hand picked at the beginning of September, whereas those to be vinified immediately were picked at the end of the month. 70% of the grapes picked were vinified immediately and 30% were left to dry until the second half of December when they were vinified and then refermented with the wine from the fresh grapes. The wine spent 15 months in second-use oak barriques, was blended together for 2 months, and then aged for a further 7 months in bottle.
The result speaks for itself, with this concentrated, well-extracted wine, with alluring scent of dark cherries, woodland, and plum. The palate is rich, complex and concentrated. Very good indeed.