by Charles Duran
Truluck’s and Poggio Al Tesoro of Allegrini Estates hosted an intimate luncheon Thursday featuring wines from Tuscany’s Bolgheri region. Until the production of Sassicaia, Bolgheri was a relatively anonymous wine producing community that focused primarily on white wines and rosés. Prior to seating the guests enjoyed a 2014 Solosole, a crisp and mineral dense white made of 100% Vermentio grapes.
Chef Eric Ho served some of Truluck’s classics including a chilled Shellfish Platter, Hothouse Tomato Salad, and choice of Hawaiian Ahi Tuna or Filet Mignon. Dishes were accompanied by Poggio La Grola 2012, Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2011, and Allegrini Palazzo del Torre 2013, which were served as a flight. The grand finale was the chocolate cake paired with Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella 2012.
The 2012 Poggio La Grola is a mildly spiced but full bodied wine made from Corvina Veronese and Oseleta grapes cultivated on terraces (Retail Price: $24.95).
The 2011 Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia “serves as a concrete example of how a textbook Bordeaux blend can be masterfully crafted from Bogheri’s terroir.” The Sondraia is a harmoniously bold wine. (Retail Price: $51.99)
The 2013 Allegrini Palazzo del Torre is milder than the previous two, but is still satisfying to a fan of the bolder reds. A portion of the grapes in this wine are dried on racks before winemaking begins. (Retail Price: $18.00)
The 2012 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella is an example of Italian winemaking at its best. No description necessary–just get a bottle (Retail Price: $59.00).
Marissa Allegrini, CEO of Allegrini Estates, enthralled the small table with family stories and a deep knowledge of Italian winemaking. She spoke in a banquet room with a large Marlin mounted on the wall surrounded by photographs of Ernest Hemingway. Coincidentally, one of Hemingway’s favorite wines was Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella.