1997 Giuseppe Quintarelli - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($400) Deep ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim. Highly complex aromas of raspberry, red cherries macerated in alcohol, violet, balsamic vinegar, rose, and milk and bitter chocolate. Amazingly rich, superconcentrated wine, with flavors of chocolate-covered raspberry, cherries macerated in alcohol and fig jam. Refreshing acidity and very silky tannins make this an elegant blockbuster, a feat only the greatest wines manage to achieve.

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 125

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

Quintarelli's 1997 Amarone is seductive from the first aromas that float from the glass. It offers a myriad of dried cherries, plums, tea leaves, earthiness, spices, smoke and herbs in a deceptively medium-bodied style bursting with flavor. Constantly changing in the glass, this is a sensual wine of contrasts; it is sweet yet dry, rustic yet incredibly elegant, all at the same time. Unfortunately I have encountered a significant amount of bottle variation with this wine, most recently from two bottles purchased at the same shop. Bottle variation is always frustrating but at roughly $350 a pop this degree of inconsistency is especially painful. A bottle tasted several months ago showed levels of volatile acidity that are high even for this producer, and which obscured everything else in the wine. This bottle, though, tasted in August of 2007, was magical. The phrase caveat emptor has never been more appropriate.

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

A wonderful Amarone that offers a complex array of aromas and flavors, including dried cherry, cola, minerals, dried flowers and herbs and light caramel. Full-bodied and full-flavored palate, with integrated tannins and a long finish. Loads of dried fruits. Perfect now. Quintarelli always delivers. Drink now. 1,050 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2005
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Gardha
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/24/2011

Rating: 94
Author: afikes
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/25/2015

Rating: 90
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2009+
This was a totally different experience from my last tasting. Did not have the power or richness. Still it was very nice, well balanced but blind, I would not have known it. 90

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Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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469 bottles owned by 112 collectors.

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About This Producer


"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.

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