Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (Veneto, Italy) - [DM 97] [VM 94]

Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012
(Veneto, Italy) - [DM 97] [VM 94]


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About the Winery:
The late, great Maestro del Veneto, Giuseppe Quintarelli, fondly known as “Bepi” to those closest to him, was a perfectionist in every way. From the beautiful handwritten labels, to the best possible quality cork, to the exquisite wine in the bottles, the Quintarelli name is a stamp of authenticity and the ultimate indication of an artisanal, handmade, uncompromising wine of the highest quality. Over the course of an amazing sixty-year career, he succeeded in establishing his legendary estate. Today, the winery continues under the guidance of grandsons Francesco and Lorenzo, still producing artisanal, handmade, uncompromising wines of the highest quality. 

Quintarelli is considered the father of Amarone, with an ancient history that dates back to the early 1900s in Negrar, the epicenter of Valpolicella, where between 12 hectares of vineyards and with the utmost respect for tradition, about 50,000 bottles a year are produced. The property grows Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, plus small amounts of Sangiovese, Oseleta, Croatina and Saorin, the latter an ancient local white variety that they are looking to propagate with the help of the local nursery. The average age of the vines is roughly 25 years old, resulting from the combination of recently planted young vineyards that are only 7-8 years old and others that are about fifty years old.  

About This Wine:
Grape Varieties: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
Vine Age: 30 years average
Soil: Limestone and Basalt

• Amarone is only produced in exceptional years
• In truly exceptional years an Amarone Riserva is produced, a personal barrel selection by the family
• Careful selection of grapes during harvest
• After harvest, grapes sit in wooden boxes or on rush mats
• Careful attention is paid to the positioning of the grapes so the appassimento can occur naturally
• Noble rot starts to appear in November and develops mostly in January
• Grapes are pressed at the end of January and after 20 days of maceration, alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts
• Fermentation lasts 45 days
• Wine is then racked and ages in Slavonian oak barrels for seven years
• Alcoholic fermentation continues during this aging period creating a dry wine

Ratings & Reviews


97 Points - Decanter Magazine: 
"In Bepi Quintarelli’s winery, the old bottles are stored traditionally, wrapped in newspaper. From this collection, the estate is now releasing the 2012 vintage. Lively and pale ruby in colour, this is focused on bright, fresh black cherry embellished with raspberry and bay leaf, then coffee granules and a hint of curry powder. Dry and full, the palate expresses great balance due to the brilliant acidity, with ample velvety tannins. An extremely opulent wine of great tension, which will age for decades." - Aldo Fiordelli

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"It’s rare that you take in the aromas of an Amarone and the first thing that comes to mind is how wonderfully fresh and perfumed it is, but that’s exactly what you’ll experience from the 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico from Quintarelli. Sour cherries are complicated by notes of rose, sweet spice and hints of cedar and mint. It’s deeply textural yet precise, with a polished and pure display of purple-tinged red fruit contrasted by zesty acids and a slight herbal twang. Remarkably feminine and undeniably elegant, with a slow-mounting structure that sneaks up on you through the finale. This gentle giant tapers off long and floral, only hinting at the depths that further cellaring will bring." - Eric Guido (Feb 2021)