|Grapes||Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone|
From the undoubted king of Valpolicella, Quintarelli's wines are some of the most fascinating of the whole Veneto. The Amarone is never heavy or overdone, it has concentrated plum and cherry fruit, but the feel is lithe and fresh, rich textured tannins give shape and mouthfeel, whilst the acidity underpins and pushes the wine forward. This has the hallmark of all fine wines in the way that it never overawes the senses and keeps drawing you back for another sip. L&S (Mar 2020)
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The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is spellbinding, showing the power and richness of the vintage with a display of crushed plums and cherry sauce, further complemented by sweet exotic spices. Notes of lavender, milk chocolate and a hint of espresso bean come forward over time. This is pure elegance and class, with velvety textures over a full-bodied frame, yet maintaining perfect balance, giving way to a staining of floral-laced red and blue fruit that can be both tasted and felt as they saturate the senses. A coating of dusty fine tannin settles in, reminding you of just how youthful this is today, but the endnote is freshness. Today, the 2011 can be enjoyed for its primary intensity, but the best is truly yet to come. Drinking range: 2021 - 2038 Rating: 96 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Feb 2021)
Quintarelli is without a doubt the reference point for wines from Valpolicella and the Veneto hills. In fact this historic estate makes some of the world's finest wines, hugely sought after by wine-lovers in every continent. We are delighted to be representing them now in the UK and sharing these spell-binding creations with our customers. The estate came to prominence during the 60 year career of the legendary Giuseppe 'Bepi' Quintarelli, a visionary man who must be credited with reviving this historic region through the production of his incredible wines. The mantra here is 'tradition and time'. These wines are never rushed - they are given as much time as they need in the cellars, to hit their stride, before bottling and releasing to the market. A prime example is the Valpolicella Classico - the estate's calling card - we are just shipping the 2010 vintage, the latest release, a mere 8 years on from the harvest! Most 'Classicos' are drunk a year or 2 from the harvest! In the pursuit of perfection here, the family's patience is an invaluable virtue. Old barrels, cool cellars, traditional methods, patience and soul are the keys here - and the results are extra-ordinary. Sadly the Maestro 'Bepi' passed away in 2012, but thankfully his spirit lives on and his daughter Fiorenza has taken the reins with her two sons: Francesco and Lorenzo and her husband Giampaolo. They are respecting all that the great man achieved and any tweaks are proving to be both positive and minimal thankfully - purely designed to improve the consistency of the wines and raise the profile of this incredible gem.
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