The 2012 Valpolicella Classico Superiore opens up with dusty dried flowers, black cherries and exotic spices. It gains volume and richness the longer it sits in the glass. Its textures are silky, coasting along a medium-bodied frame with mineral-tinged red fruits energized by brisk acids. The 2012 becomes quite floral toward the close, and incredibly pretty as well, with hints of fine tannin under an air of geranium, violets and sweet lavender. I expect this will flesh out a bit more and excel with another year or two of cellaring. It was made from half fresh-harvested and half air-dried fruit which is matured for six years in cask prior to release. Primarily, the blend is all traditional Venetian red grapes, but it also contains a small amount of other indigenous Italian varieties. Very nice. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 92 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Feb 2021)
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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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