2020 Quintarelli Primofiore Rosso
It is impossible to speak of Giuseppe Quintarelli without superlatives. The name itself stands for so much: the family, the wines, a style, a tradition, a way of doing things. After Giuseppe's death, the company has recently been led by his daughter Florence, his son-in-law Giampaolo and his grandsons Francesco and Lorenzo. Everything from tradition, love, heart and soul can be found in this great wine, which can be called one of the best in the world. The vineyards are located in the hills east of Montebaldo, on Lake Garda, near Negrar. Quintarelli wines are a stamp of authenticity and the ultimate perfection to achieve the best quality.
The Primofiore has a crushing nose with berries, cherries, spices with a very inviting nose. Soft as silk on the palate, this wine is hypnotically complex, with nuances of cherries, olives, spices and oak. Voluptuous and voluptuous. The Primofiore is a blend of equal parts Corvina, Corvinone, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, all of which finish maturing while being stored in wooden boxes. The Primofiore or first bloom is the only red wine where the grapes are not dried. The ripasso technique is used. Only the Cabernet Franc is sometimes dried in to add more character.
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|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Corvina, Corvinone|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Open haard, Romantisch|