Wine of the Day December 18, 2013

2003QuintarelliAmarone2003 Giuseppe Quintarelli, Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto, Italy.
The legendary Quintarelli wine, from the late Giuseppe Quintarelli, was a special moment, I’ve never had many opportunities to try his wonderful wines, and certainly not his mythical Amarone, and with such powerful expectations it would be easy to be let down, but this was not the case and everything I’d heard and read about turned out to be true, this was one of wine’s holy grail masterpieces. The 2003 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful and emotional experience, it is gloriously elegant, richly textured and flowing with layers of complex flavors, I will say my biggest surprise was the subtlety and graceful nature of this heavenly wine, there is not the kind of ripeness that you’d think, everything builds slowly in the glass and the full force of this Amarone really comes in the aftertaste, this wine is almost dreamy, not to say it is light or delicate, for it is mouth filling and lavish without question, it is just not bombastic or jammy. The nose reveals a staggering array of details, dried roses, porcini, bitter chocolate, game, red currants and cigar spice leading to an equally detailed palate of plum, golden raisins, raspberry and fig pudding along with a surge of cherry and cedar notes. This wine is surprising and intriguing throughout with a ton of character and a lively amount of freshness, this is well judged and masterfully crafted wine, this is a classic that lives up to the legend and the hype, words start to fail and pure pleasure takes over, it is hard not to get lost in this beautiful and wondrous Amarone. This wine is unspeakably expensive and rare, but it is without question a bucket list wine, and I do hope I get a few more chances to try Quintartelli Amarone, but I am more than happy from my fleeting experience with this must try wine, drink 2013 through 2031, wow this was terrific stuff, the finish is almost endless. A huge thank you to Kermit Lynch Imports for sharing!
($329 Est.) 95+ Points, grapelive

 

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