‘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 (the late, great Maestro del Veneto). 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 every hurried or compromised at the winery, a rarity given the demand for these wines.
We have received a small allocation of these rare wines, and we’ve also dug into our cellar to offer some special museum releases.
Please send us your wish list before Saturday 27 June and we’ll do our best to fill it.
Below we have two lists:
Current Releases – due in August, payment taken upon confirmation of order
Museum Releases – available now, payment required to confirm order.
Please note: No further discounts are offered on the wines below
2017 Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco $82
This fresh and textural white is a lovely foil to the rich reds of the estate. Made from garganega, trebbiano toscano, sauvignon bianco and chardonnay, it offers notes of white flowers, wet earth and fresh herbs.
2017 Giuseppe Quintarelli Primofiore $113
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.
2012 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore $180
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 aged notes and in terms of intensity, is on par with the top Amarone wines of many producers.
2012 Giuseppe Quintarelli Ca del Merlo $191
The only single vineyard bottling of the estate. Here 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.
2012 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella $566
Revered for its ageability and complexity, from the excellent 2012 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.
2011 Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero $727
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot, this too has the appassimento touch creating a deeply rich and velvety wine. A long maceration leads into a longer fermentation (50 days) and then even longer maturation – first in French oak, followed by a few years in Slavonian oak. This is a unique and flavour defying cabernet.
2009 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Riserva $1105
A rare wine, only produced in exceptional years – this is a personal barrel selection by the family. 2009 was an incredible vintage blessed with ripeness, richness and rigour. Made in the same manner as the opulent Amarone, this superior wine is mythical and breathtaking.
This offer closes Friday 26 June, please email us to secure some Quintarelli.
Museum Releases – available now
Please note, these back vintages are very limited – many just single bottles. Payment is required to confirm your order. Offer closes Saturday 27 June.
2011 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $559 (1 left)
2009 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $610 (1 left)
2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $559 (3 left)
2003 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $610 (1 left)
2000 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $1195 (1 left)