IL MAESTRO DEL VENETO
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by Dixon Brooke
Driving the hills above Verona on the way to the Quintarelli estate, you have the impression of an area steeped in ancient farming tradition. This is a region of timeless beauty, where you can feel the history emanating from the land. What a fitting place for the Quintarelli estate to reside, and from which to craft the masterpieces bearing their name. In fact, the two are inseparable.
The new vintage of Primofiore is a head-on Quintarelli experience—full-bodied and ripe, with a solid tannic backbone. The quality that most impresses me is its ethereal nature: I can’t believe the way it floats across the palate delicately, despite its power and concentration; I just described the hardest balance to achieve in fine wine.
$59.00 per bottle $637.20 per case
2005 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE
The harmony and refinement of this new bottling leave nothing to be desired. Like a drier version of his Amarone, it boasts a plethora of secondary aromas and flavors already, while still having a solid core of youthful, exuberant fruit. The ripasso technique employed here infuses the wine with yet another level of complexity. This is the perfect ambassador to the genius of Quintarelli, his vinous translation of the Veronese hills.
$89.00 per bottle $961.20 per case
2004 AMARONE DELLA
The latest Amarone release from the Quintarellis at ten years old, the 2004 is a statuesque wine of epic proportions. Dense, chewy, and very confident, with a knockout nose, this beauty will probably never be too old to enjoy. I recommend being patient with this vintage.
$360.00 per bottle $3,888.00 per case
2000 AMARONE DELLA
“SELEZIONE GIUSEPPE QUINTARELLI”
Time seemed to stand still for a moment when I tasted this wine for the first time at dinner with the Quintarelli family. It was the result of the only time Giuseppe had ever pronounced a single lot of Amarone to be worthy of being bottled separately with a designation superior to his already exceedingly discriminating and rare Amarone Riserva (only produced every five years or so). This Selezione seems years younger than the more recent Amarone and Amarone Riserva releases. It actually seems timeless. The intensity of color, of aroma, of flavor; the persistence, the length, the complexity, the poise: it is regal in every way. Truly a wine of meditation, much like the 1997 Recioto we will soon be shipping. Just when you thought Quintarelli didn’t have another gear, he found one.
$1,200.00 per bottle
Extremely limited quantity