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The Quintessential Quintarelli

The Veneto in northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most famous wineries.  One winery

A typical wine label from Guiseppe Quintarelli

A typical wine label from Guiseppe Quintarelli

in particular has managed to set itself apart from the rest of the pack.  Behind the trademark, hand-written labels, hidden from the world beneath the cork, are wines that are a product of the perfect terroir (growing conditions) and superior winemaking intuition.  The myth-like wines will cost you a pretty penny, but they are some of the greatest wines Italy has to offer.  The following is a guide to the many offerings of Quintarelli:

Wine

Grapes

Style

Notes

Secco Ca’ del Merlo

Garganega, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Saorin

Table

High acidity and natural sugars combine to form a bright fruit forward wine with a lingering dry acidity.

Bandito

Garganega, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Saorin

Appassimento

Complex and creamy with honeyed citrus and cinnamon from botrytis

Valpolicella

Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Ripasso

Light bodied with notes of spice and earth with a bright acidity

Amarone della Valpolicella

Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Appassimento

Rich, full-body with pepper and raisins.  Viscous and honeyed on the palate.

Recioto della Valpolicella

Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Appassimento

Deep and syrupy with prunes and cocoa

Ca’ Del Merlo

Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Ripasso

A selected parcel of the Valpolicella vineyard with more concentration and a medium body.

Rosso del Bepi

Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Appassimento

Less structured Amarone, produced in off-vintages.

Alzero

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Appassimento

Rich and full-bodied wine with strong vegetal aromas and cinnamon sweet flavor.

Primofiore

Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Table

Medium body with treatment from the fresh Amarone to provide rich flavors of cherry, olives, and oak.

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