The Wine Commonsewer has always been rather fond of a decent Italian Valpolicella wine (not the watery pale stuff) and the 2000 Allegrini is well past decent. Even the critics are impressed. Wine Spectator lavished this vintage with 91 points and had this to say:
It has set the tone for modern, exciting reds from the region of Valpolicella. It is made from both freshly harvested and dried grapes, the Allegrini family's interpretation of the traditional ripasso method.
The wine is quite drinkable now and may do well in the cellar for a while. It is a lovely deep purple to black with a nice balance. Although the aroma (nose for you wine snobs) is less than one would expect, it is full bodied and smooth on the palate. That aroma thing really is a negative to me too, because I absolutely love the smell of wine.
TWC read some reviews hither and yon that were less than charitable, one even called it "sweet". I must be drinking a completely different wine because the Allegrini is bone dry without a hint of any kind of sweetness. I didn't find it overly acidic or tannic. It tends to earthy rather than fruity and in some ways drinks like an expensive, aged wine.
I'm not sure I agree that this wine rates a 91 but it is better than many wines in it's price range ($15.00-$20.00) and since one could easily mistake this for a more expensive wine, in that sense I suppose that WS is correct when they call it "A great value at this point".
Or as Jack said in Sideways, "tastes pretty good to me".