Review by: Francine Lubera

2007 Palazzo Della Torre

Veneto, Italy

Roughly translated, Palazzo Della Torre means Palace Tower, and in my mind, the name easily conjures up visions of the great villas and vineyards of Italy.

The Allegrini of Verona is the producer of this smooth and supple 2007 red that can be found for $25 per bottle. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese grapes goes into a complex fermentation process and is the basis for the dry, fruity and “raisiny” classico.

I love the big Tuscans and Sangioveses and the bold Chiantis. The sommelier at Barrett’s suggested this red, something a bit different.

We let it breathe for 10 minutes to relieve some of the oak and smoke. Once poured, the Della Torre is a deep, rich red, so full of color it was opaque. The nose is soft with a scent of dark delicato frutto and mocha. Although some wine critics called it “a boisterous 2007,” I’m guessing it’s aged nicely and will continue to do so.

Now for the best part of the wine experience!

First a toast, then a sip. A scrumptious finish, smooth and glossy. I was thinking big and bold, and this was more subtle, and seriously held its own. In fact, this is one of those wines that you want to hold on the palate. It’s also one of those wines that endures throughout from beginning of bottle to end.

Full-flavored pastas and risottos, roasted poultry and chorizo is recommended, but we made an excellent choice to go with artisanal cheeses: buttermilk blue, gruyere, sharp yellow cheddar, fontina and smoked gouda. As a treat, a small pot of honey was placed on the cheese board.

My tasting, at Barrett’s of Hunt Valley, was especially enjoyable because of the live jazz and half price wine by the bottle specials they have on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.