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1978 Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico


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SKU: 43000-1978-750

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  • "Valpolicella's magician." "The master of the Veneto." "The patriarch of Amarone." "The traditionalist." Not bad for a winemaker who simply follows the winemaking customs of his forefathers. Giuseppe Quintarelli's hand-written labels are easy to recognize and his wines fit the idiosyncratic style. Since 1924, his family has made wine from grapes grown on steep slopes on the outskirts of Negrar. For his highly-regarded Amarone, he still dries the grapes in an attic room, ages the wine for years in large Slavenian casks, and holds the wines from release until he is sure of their readiness. His magic has worked, as he has turned some of Veneto's most traditional wines into luxury icons.

    Located in the northeast of the country, the Veneto is Italy's third-largest wine region. It reaches from the slopes of the Dolomites in the north to the marshes in the south along the Adriatic Sea. The Veneto has three DOCG wines including Recioto di Soave, Soave Superiore, and Bardolino Superiore, as well as  22 DOs, including Valpolicella and Amarone. Valpolicella is traditionally a blend of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. The Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella wines are made from  grapes that have been dried to produce rich, concentrated flavors.

    Corvina blends are native to the Valpolicella sub-region of Veneto in northern Italy. The Corvina variety is thin-skinned with high acidity, moderate color, and low to medium tannin. It is the dominant grape in these blends, alongside local varieties that improve the color and tannin of the wine, including Rondinella and Molinara. The passito method, a technique native to Veneto, is used to increase the structure and flavor concentration of the highest-quality wines. This method involves picking grapes early when they are still high in acid and drying them indoors on straw mats for months, thus concentrating the sugars and flavors. High sugar levels lead to higher levels of alcohol and body during fermentation, creating powerful, full-bodied, well-balanced wines with high alcohol, medium to high tannin, and concentrated flavors of red berry and spice. The best wines are aged in large oak casks and top producers include Giuseppe Quintarelli, Dal Forno Romano, and Allegrini.

    Due to its high level of alcohol and powerful flavor profile, pairing Amarone with food is more complicated than most other varieties as the wine can easily overpower the food. Dishes that stand up to this blend include rich meats such as rabbit and short ribs and bold, aged cheeses.

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    • 3 bottles owned
    • 2 collectors