2015 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore
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 gently pressed immediately after harvest. After 3 to 4 days, the must undergoes the first fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The wine develops very slowly and then undergoes alcoholic fermentation on the lees of the Amarone in February, the ripasso process. After a few days, the wine is transferred to large Slovenian oak barrels (“botti”) to continue maturing here for around seven years. After bottling, the bottles remain in the cellars of the company for some time before being released on the market. 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 pinnacle of Valpolicella from this legendary artisanal producer. Drinking from 2022 at the earliest, but can also be put away for another 10+ years (but that's a shame!!). The 2015 volume only became available at the end of 2022.
The wines of Quintarelli (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. Iconic wines that have become the most sought-after wines in the world without any form of marketing, the ultimate 'wanna haves' for collectors, even rare on wine lists in the best restaurants, almost mythical in reputation.
The shy and calm elderly man, Giuseppe Quintarelli, is THE frame of reference for winemakers from the Valpolicella. Born and raised in Cerè, he has been running the family business since 1954, which dates back to 1924. For the last 10 years, he has been assisted by his cousin Marco. This house presents very traditionally made wines, with those ever so recognizable, unique handwritten labels. Its red wines age for an unprecedented length (6 to 7 years) in barrels of Slovenian oak, except for the cuvee 'Alzero', which undergoes aging on barriques. Our traditional flavors and methods must be cherished and not forgotten. Above all, we cannot force nature. We need to keep calm, be patient, use the right techniques and have a lot of passion. " These words symbolize the philosophy of the most famous Veneto producer. Quintarelli wines are very complex and are without doubt one of the greatest wines in all of Italy. Icon wines that without any marketing have made it to the most sought after wines in the world, the ultimate 'wanna haves' for collectors, on wine lists in the best restaurants even rare, almost mythical in reputation.
In the years leading up to 'Bepi' Giuseppe Quintarelli's death in 2012 from Parkinson's disease, there was much confusion about the ups and downs of this absolute top wine house. Giuseppe Quintarelli had been ill for a long time, but his relatives (four daughters and a lot of grandchildren) started a new chapter more than a year after his death. Quintarelli's heirs Francesco and Lorenzo (both grandsons) now manage together with Giampaolo (son-in-law) and continue to focus on providing only top quality. The 2006 Amarone was only released in late 2015 and is among the very best Amarone's available.
|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|