Fieramonte Amarone<br/>98 points awarded by Decanter <br/> for Allegrini’s Riserva
04 December 2018

Fieramonte Amarone
98 points awarded by Decanter
for Allegrini’s Riserva

98 points for Fieramonte Amarone. This is the extraordinary rating awarded by the English magazine Decanter to Allegrini’s Amarine Riserva, presented a year ago and back on the market with Vintage 2011 after more than a quarter of a century since the last bottle.
A wine in which the Allegrini family has placed great faith, it is the result of the replanting of the entire vineyard in the early 2000s. The grapes are carefully selected in an upper hillside vineyard located 400 metres above sea level, and with exposure to the east, towards the morning sun, which provides the bunches with the best ripening, as Giovanni Allegrini loved to repeat.

Below is the full review by the Decanter journalist Aldo Fiordelli:
2011 was an exceptional vintage with ideal diurnal temperature differences and hot weather in August. This caused some stress, but rain at the end of the month and the beginning of September refreshed the vines. Bunches were hand-picked and laid to dry at the family’s dedicated drying facility with controlled humidity. Once the bunches had lost up to 50% of their weight, they were destemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation was in stainless steel, and the resulting wine was then aged in a mix of French barriques and large Slavonian oak casks for four years, with two further years in bottle prior to release. This is a magnificent and monumental effort which offers a brimful of flavour, texture and complexity. Aromatic and deeply coloured, it's chock full of juniper, sweet blackberry jam, bacon fat, coffee, woodsmoke, tar, liquorice stick and cream. The structure is massive, with huge tannic heft tempered by juicy acidity to give it great balance. Though precociously delicious now, it's not even close to being ready. 3,500 bottles produced. POINTS 98