‘All enophiles should try it at least once in their lifetime’ Kermit Lynch
In the heart of Valpolicella, Quintarelli are the best of the best. They are amongst the grandest and most sought after reds in Italy. An iconic producer, the depth and staining intensity of these wines are beyond compare.
These wines are much loved for their uniqueness and have gained a cult following. Quintarelli have held onto the laborious and historical form of the winemaking technique of ‘appassimento’ where grapes are sun-dried on shelves and then fermented. Successfully working with these grapes increases the tannin, intensity and alcohol, while remaining fresh and buoyant on the palate – not an easy feat!
The winery is still owned by the tireless family of Giuseppe Quintarelli. Production is small and worldwide demand is high. These wines are highly allocated, and among the most exciting emails we receive all year. Their ageability, in particular the Amarone are awe-inspiring!
Patience is a word often used when talking about these wines; patience in picking the grapes over several passages, patience in drying the grapes & making the wines, patience in aging the wine in their cellar. And then as a consumer the patience to let them evolve in the cellar for a few years, if you can. Nothing is ever hurried or compromised at the winery, a rarity given the demand for these wines.
We have received a small allocation of these rare wines. Please send us your wish list and we’ll do our best to fill it.
2014 Giuseppe Quintarelli Primofiore ~ Retail $115
The youngest of the wines, poetically named as Primofiore, which means first flower. A mix of corvinone, cabernet and cabernet franc, where the cabernet grapes are dried for five weeks. Its freshness beguiles with hints of tar and violets and younger tannins.
2010 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore ~ Retail $173
Treated to a modest six years of aging, in true Quintarelli fashion, this is released much later than your average Valpolicella. Half of the fruit was air-dried for two months and a part of the wine has gone through the Ripasso method. This is densely packed with both fresh and aging notes and in terms of intensity is on par with the top Amarone wines of many producers.
2010 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Ca del Merlo ~ Retail $173
The only single vineyard bottling of the estate. Here there is a subtle background of spice, earth and florals thanks to the ripasso technique employed. This has arresting freshness that is very appealing, and perhaps a culmination both of the vintage and wine.
2009 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella ~ Retail $610
Revered for its ageability and complexity, from the excellent 2009 vintage, this Amarone is incredible. Wine authority Kermit Lynch thinks so too, remarking ‘all enophiles should try it at least once in their lifetime.’ Intense ripe red cherries with hints of hazelnut, almond and coffee. Very balanced with great clarity. It’s remarkably light and lively on the palate, and finishes very long.
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