One of the Valpolicella Classica’s most beautiful hills produces the grapes for this fragrant red, in which the most elegant grape, Corvina, is complemented by a small addition of the more lively and feisty Oseleta varietal. The aromatic profile ranges from wild fruit to black pepper, leaving subtle notes of moist earth in the background. The palate is solid, taut and, at the same time, gentle. A classy, elegant red wine.
The Allegrini family estate covers 120 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The family has been growing grapes here for six generations, but the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he passed away in 1983, it passed to his three children, who ran it together until Walter’s death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, and Marilisa is director of marketing.
Corvina Veronese 90%, Oseleta 10%
This year the harvest was long, with slow ripening, and abundant, high-quality grapes. Spring was particularly wet and in early July, due to the considerable number of bunches, we carried out some thinning to restore the equilibrium of the vineyard. A dry period started in July, interspersed with some timely showers. On the eve of the harvest, heavy rains made us fear the worst, but fortunately, the forecasted poor weather conditions failed to materialize. In September, therefore, we experienced a sort of new, ‘mini summer’, with temperatures reaching up to 33°C, high overall temperatures but also equally high fluctuations, which enabled the grapes to attain ideal ripeness. Phenolic maturity was achieved in the last third of September. The grapes are in a perfectly healthy condition, with high quantities and quality.
La Grola is excellent paired with red meat dishes, whether roasted or with dark sauces, and especially lamb and kid. It is also delicious with stewed or grilled mushrooms and with mild, aged cheeses.