2018 VALPOLICELLA, Allegrini. Veneto, Italy
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Valpolicella is near Verona in north east Italy. Allegrini vineyards are on hillsides at 150-250 metres.
Grape Variety: 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 5% Molinara. No oak used, bottled in February to retain maximum freshness.
Producer: Allegrini is a large family-owned estate of 90 hectares. They are the leaders of the current revival of the area, producing fresh, modern, attractive wines without losing all the sour-cherry, lemony-fresh, gently bitter characters that signify its regionality.
Cellar Potential: Drink young.
Old Bridge Rating: Normal Valpol is very comparable to normal Beaujolais - clean, lively, easy to drink. That can sometimes be a shock for youngsters brought up on sweeter New World styles. Above all this is a perfect lunchtime red, ideally cooled to 15C.
Press Reviews: "Deliciously shiny-red, pure, unaffected red fruit – mouth-watering freshness. This is kicking cancans in the mouth it's so full of energy and vibrant clarity. Tannins as light and graceful as willow sticks. Scrumptious wine. This is what simple Valpolicella should be all about." Tamlyn Currie, on jancisrobinson.com, July 2019.
£14.95 per bottle
£14.20 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£13.46 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles