It’s Red Nose Day
so a red wine makes sense. Last night a friend came over, he’s off to Italy soon and wanted to plan out a driving route from Florence to the Marche. I cycled through Tuscany
in 2005, and our only cross over point was Sienna but it was fun to pore over the maps anyway, and what better to accompany the planning than an Allegrini 2005 Valpolicella Classico.
It was wonderfully cherry red, covering black cherries out to red cherries with a cherry blossom rim, and it smelled of cherries too. There were plums and damsons and Mediterranean herbs too.
It was dry with a high level of acidity as well as plenty of firm tannins making it work well with pasta and tomatoes as well as holiday planning. The cherries carried on to the palate, as did the herbs, making it wonderfully more-ish. 13% alcohol means a second glass is do-able – a third is tempting but not on a school night.
Available at Majestic this is an excellent value wine and a fine example of how good Valpolicella can be when it’s made by a family that cares about its wines.