Giuseppe Quintarelli Veneto Rosso "Primofiore" IGT 2017
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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:
This red is the exception to the rule at Quintarelli. It is aged for only two to three years—as opposed to seven—and only the Cabernet is partially dried. The Corvina and Corvinone are pressed directly after harvest. The resulting wine is named Primofiore, which translates to “first flower” because it is the youngest red-wine release every year, and the freshest rosso of the bunch.
•The “first flower” is the youngest red wine released by the estate every year
•Cabernet is partially dried, all other grapes are freshly pressed
•After harvest, grapes left in wooden boxes to continue ripening
•After pressing and fermentation, wine is aged for several years in Slavonian oak barrels
50% Corvina and Corvinone, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
Vine Age: 30 years average
Soil Type: Limestone and Basalt
Vineyard Area: 11 ha total
Ratings & Reviews
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 Vintage):
"This is the most accessible and fresh red wine in the greater Giuseppe Quintarelli portfolio. The 2015 Primofiore is a blend of equal parts indigenous grapes (Corvina and Corvinone) and French grapes (Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc). Those four varieties come together with harmony to create a fresh entry-level wine that is redolent of dark fruit, wild berry and plum. This vintage shows a very happy and sunny disposition, despite the ease and informality of the fruit." - Monica Larner (30th Aug 2019)