Allegrini La Grola 2008
The Allegrini family estate comprises 90 hectares of vineyard situated in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The family has been growing grapes in Valpolicella for several generations, and the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he died in 1983, it passed to his three children, who ran it together until Walter death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, while Marilisa is director of marketing. From the 2007 vintage, Franco sacrificed the Classico status of the Valpolicella and bottled the wine under Stelvin in order to eliminate as much as possible the problems of cork taint and random oxidation.
The La Grola vineyard, bought by Allegrini in 1979, is located in Podere La Grola, Sant‘Ambrogio di Valpolicella at 310 m above sea level. The vineyard comprises 30 hectares that are southeast facing and were planted between 1979-1992. They are planted on mostly well-drained calcareous, and stony soils. Double Guyot trained vines with about 4200 vines per hectare and the average age of the vines is 22 years.
The yield is 56 HI/Ha.
The grapes were hand-picked in the first two weeks of October. As the vines are double guyot trained (rather than the traditional Pergola), there was no need for the ripasso technique to be used. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, after which fermentation took place between at 20-28°C. Maceration lasted for 9 days during which pumping over took place daily. Malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was then racked into oak where it matured for 16 months before spending a further 2 months in tank before bottling. The wine was then matured in bottle for 11 months before release.