Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Giuseppe Quintarelli

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Giuseppe Quintarelli

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750 ml | Alcohol/Vol: 14%

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

he 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico was bottled seven months before I tasted it. Grapes undergo a four-month appassimento for extra concentration and intensity. Despite this heavy-handed winemaking technique (in which the clusters lose up to 30% of their water mass in the air-drying process), this is a surprisingly delicate and nuanced wine. The aging process has definitely broken down and assimilated any of the hard edges that come from dried grapes. In its wake, the wine is polished and tight with a long, silky texture. (ML) (5/2017)

96 points Vinous

The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella is a real stunner. Rich, seductive and generous, the 2007 captures all of the intensity of the year. Wild red cherry, licorice, menthol, spice, vanillin seem to envelop every corner of the palate. Sumptuous and yet very much classic in its weight and feel, 2007 Amarone is a winner. The 2007 can be enjoyed now, but it also has enough stuffing to drink well for many years to come, although it will likely not be as long-lived as some other recent vintages. I doubt that will be a concern for most readers. This is a fabulous wine by any measure. A 2007 Riserva, as well as Alzero, will follow. (AG) (5/2017)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Deep, bright red with a hint of orange at the rim. Knockout aromas and flavors of dried red cherry, raspberry, minerals, crushed flowers, sweet spices, aromatic herbs and licorice. Utterly seamless in the mouth, with the very silky texture lifted by harmonious acidity, giving this sneakily concentrated beauty a very light on its feet quality. Noble, utterly vibrant Amarone with near-perfect balance (7 g/L residual sugar and 6.2 g/L total acidity) and a rising, polished, glyceral finish. This vintage boasts the Quintarelli signature sweetness and depth of fruit but woven into a more refined, gentler, nuanced version of Amarone from Quintarelli than is usual. Those looking for a more powerhouse style may not be left as impressed by this wine as I am, but personally, I love this wine’s utterly magical balance. (ID) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

This finely tuned version hits a sweet spot, offering an integration of creamy tannins, lightly juicy acidity and an ample range of flavor, with baked currant, rich, smoky mineral and wild herb notes accented by hints of orange peel, leather and cacao. Displays density and power through to the lasting, spiced finish, but this remains graceful, caressing the palate throughout. Drink now through 2032. 120 cases imported. (AN) (3/2017)

K&L Notes

In 2011, Antonio Galloni wrote: "Giuseppe Quintarelli's passing earlier this year left a huge void in the wine world that isn't likely to ever be filled. Veneto is a fascinating region with tons of untapped potential, yet only one or two other producers have managed to make hypnotic, life-changing wines such as those that are found in these tiny cramped cellars in Negrar. At their best, Quintarelli's wines had no equal."

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