Historic wine regions have champions, producers who transcend their appellation and showcase the very best their terroir is capable of. And then there is the Veneto's Giuseppe Quintarelli. When it comes to the corvina grape varitey, and wines like Valpolicella Classico and the famous Amarone della Valpolicella, Quintarelli is more than a king. He is the standard by which all other examples are judged.
Giuseppe's sixty year career was defined by his perfectionist tendencies and steadfast traditional approach in the face of a wave of modernist thinking that sweept through the hills above Verona. Today, the same philosophy Giuseppe adopted is carried on by his daughter, Fiorenza, son-in-law Giampaolo, and grandsons Francsco and Lorenzo.
Today, I'm thrilled to offer the highly-anticipated 2010 release of Valpolicella Classico and Ca Del Merlo, as well as the 2014 Primofiore, and the 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella. I've included some back-vintage gems, complete with special 3-pack pricing on an Amarone vertical.
Primofiore "First Flower" is a blend of 50% Corvina and Corvinone, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon is partially dried prior to pressing. All others are directly pressed. Aged in large Slavonian barrels.
Valpolicella Classico is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. Half of the grapes are dried for two months prior to pressing, and half are directly pressed. Aged in large Slavonian barrels.
Rosso Ca' del Merlo is a single vineyard comprised of 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese. After February, the wine is racked onto the lees of Amarone, starting a second alcoholic fermentation known as ripasso. Aged in large Slavonian barrels.
Amarone della Valpolicella is only produced in the best vintages and is always a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. Grapes sit in wooden boxes or straw mats to dry. At the end of January the grapes are finally pressed, and after 20 days of maceration the alcoholic fermentation begins, lasting 45 days. The wine is racked into large Slavonian barrels where alcoholic fermentation continues to ultimately produce a dry wine.
I'm thrilled to have a nice lineup from the estate today, but no doubt, quantities are small.
12x 2014 Quintarelli Primofiore
$59 per bottle.
24x 2010 Quintarelli Rosso Ca' del Merlo
$89 per bottle.
18x 2010 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico
$99 per bottle.
6x 2009 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella
$365 per bottle
4x 2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella
$364 per bottle.
6x 2004 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella
$354 per bottle.
Special E-mail Amarone 3-pack: $999 (Regularly $1,083)
(One bottle of 2004, 2006, and 2009)
1x 2000 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella
$499 per bottle.
1x 2001 Quintarelli Alzero
$494 per bottle.
3x 1992 Quintarelli Alzero Cabernet Franc
$559 per bottle.