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Average critic rating : 94.0 points
The 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a wine that aptly honors the legacy of its maker. The vintage was super hot, but careful cluster selection before appassimento means you never feel that extra warmth. In fact, this wine is exceptionally balanced and polished. It lasts many long minutes thanks to enduring notes of polished stone, candied berry, balsam spice and medicinal herb. They enlighten the palate like the golden streak of a comet on a midnight sky. Drink 2014-2028. ||In the years leading up to "Bepi" Quintarelli's death in 2012 from Parkinson-s disease, there was a lot of confusion over who was managing affairs at the winery. Understandably, getting samples was difficult and visitor requests often went unanswered. Giuseppe Quintarelli had been sick for a long time and his survivors include four daughters and a slew of grandchildren. More than a year after his death, it seems a new chapter has commenced. The winery has a new United States importer (Kermit Lynch) and Quintarelli's heirs Francesco and Lorenzo (both grandsons) with Giampaolo (son-in-law) are communicative and excellent professionals. I hope the Quintarelli star will continue to rise. I have reviewed the 2003 Amarone Classico here. The 2004 will be released in early 2014. eRobertParker.com.October, 2013
Icon is a word that only goes some way to describe the late Giuseppe Quintarelli. The master of the Veneto, Giuseppe established the family estate, which was founded in 1924, as not only Veneto’s most important, but one of the world’s finest during his sixty-year career. The estate is now run by his daughter and grandchildren, but the Quintarelli name still stands as a stamp of authenticity and traditional, artisan production of the highest possible quality.
The flagship wine of the estate is the exceedingly rare Amarone della Valpolicella - one of the most traditionally produced Amarones, which is aged for seven years in Slavonian oak botti. However, despite being known for tradition, an innovative streak runs throughout the estate. It was the Quintarelli Valpolicella that opened the eyes of fellow producers, showcasing just what is possible from the region and their portfolio includes non-traditional blends. The dry white wine Bianco Secco, for instance, blends several local varieties and the brilliant Primofiore, combines the traditional with the not-so-typical Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc.
A visit to the estate shows that Giuseppe’s spirit lives on. Spitting is still prohibited: the wine is what is important here and there is a tangible feeling of ‘respect’ for the wines, the property and tradition. This is one of Italy’s greatest estates: one with a spirit and a heart.
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