2001 Giuseppe Quintarelli - Alzero 750ml

Italy - Veneto/ Red / Cabernet Franc   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinous | Rating: 96+

White truffles, mocha, spices, incense, grilled herbs, plums and black cherries are some of the many notes that burst from the glass in the 2001 Alzero. Firm tannins provide the backbone for this striking, beautifully delineated wine. Unlike the 1997 or 2000, the 2001 is an Alzero that doesn't give up its charms too easily, instead it is a wine clearly built for the cellar. Readers will have to be patient, but those who can find the 2001 should not hesitate, as it is magnificent. Sweet floral and spiced notes resonate on the vibrant, textured finish. Alzero is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It remains one of the truly unique wines not just of Italy, but of the world.

Drink Dates: 2014-2031
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Mar 2014

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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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Franc

One of the five major blending grapes in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc is also one of the genetic parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (along with Sauvignon Blanc). Lighter, fruitier, and more herbaceous than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc grows abundantly in the Loire region of France and is commonly blended with weightier Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Franc are peppers, tobacco, and violets.

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