2016 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Magnum

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Appellation Valpolicella Classico (Superiore)
Winery Quintarelli
Vintage 2016
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Content (Alc) 1.5 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2036
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Quintarelli's Valpolicella is not comparable to other Valpolicellas 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 invalid. The grapes are gently pressed immediately after harvest. After 3 to 4 days the must undergoes the first fermentation with native 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”) where it continues to mature for around seven years. After bottling, the bottles remain in the company's cellars for some time before being released onto the market. The wine is a blend of 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, a minimum 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 extremely polished feel. This is the top Valpolicella from this legendary artisanal producer. Drink from 2022 at the earliest, but can easily be stored for another 10+ years (but that's a shame!!). The 2016 volume will not be available until mid-2023.

The wines of Quintarelli (together with Dal Forno and the rising Star Garbole ) are particularly complex and are undoubtedly 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.

Vineyard for 2016 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Magnum

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.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Appellation Valpolicella Classico (Superiore)
Icons Icon Italy
Winery Quintarelli
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2016
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2036
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 1.5 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Light, Red fruit, Flexible
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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