2014 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
Quintarelli's Valpolicella is not comparable to other Valpolicella's on the market. This wine is made with so much dedication, passion, attention and above all time that any comparison with other wines from the region is flawed. The grapes are softly pressed immediately after harvest. After 3 to 4 days, the must undergoes the first fermentation with native yeasts. The wine develops very slowly before undergoing alcoholic fermentation in February on the lees of the Amarone, the process of the ripasso. After a few days, the wine is transferred into large Slovenian oak barrels (“botti”) to continue to mature here for around seven years. After bottling, the bottles remain in the company's cellars for some time before being marketed. The wine is a blend of 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, a minimal amount of Nebbiolo, Croatina and Sangiovese. The Valpolicella Classico Superiore shows delicate notes of small berries, Mediterranean herbs, dried sage and white pepper. On the palate, the wine is nuanced and elegant with a fine and highly polished feel. This is the top among the Valpolicella from this legendary artisan producer. Drinking from 2022 at the earliest, but can safely be put away for another 10+ years (but that's a shame!!). The 2014 vintage only became available at the end of 2021 and will receive 93+/100 points.
Quintarelli's wines (together with Dal Forno and the rising Star Garbole ) are particularly complex and are without a doubt among the greatest wines in all of Italy. Icon wines that without any form of marketing have become the most sought after wines in the world, the ultimate 'wanna haves' for collectors, even rare on wine lists in the best restaurants, almost mythical in reputation.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Appellation||Valpolicella Classico (Superiore)|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fruity, Light, Red fruit, Flexible|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag|