New Release 2009 Quintarelli Valpolicella, a True "Baby Amarone"

February 27, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Valpolicella has a long history--Ernest Hemingway was fond of it, and he featured it prominently in his last novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. Hemingway's Valpolicella, however, probably didn't resemble "our" Valpolicella. It was closer to an early-drinking, rustic wine. It was a far cry from the textured, nuanced beauty that we've come to expect, largely to the work of Giuseppe Quintarelli. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was light and quaffable, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could serious. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of his Po Valley estate, and he was convinced that he could create a serious Valpolicella--so he did, using the appassimento protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.

Quintarelli tinkered with Valpolicella protocol, and he forever changed the way the world understood both this ancient wine and the Veneto itself. Today, I'm very pleased to bring you a new Quintarelli Valpolicella release, the outrageously delicious 2009. This is a special bottle of wine--in part because Giuseppe passed away about three years after making it, in part because the growing year was so weird, and in part because it's a bottle that echoes with the richness of a Quintarelli Amarone. I love all of Quintarelli's wines, but this '09 Valpolicella is something very special. You don't want to miss it.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Must-Have '09 Quintarelli Valpolicella Release
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February / March Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.

Today, we're very proud to present a new release of Giuseppe Quintarelli's game-changing Valpolicella, the structured yet very accessible 2009. The growing year of 2009 challenged the Veneto's winemakers with hot, tempestuous weather and August hailstorms. In years like these, timing and location are everything, and Quintarelli's team worked hard to take advantage of the estate's prime terroir and its winemaking savvy. This resulting Valpolicella drinks like a true "baby Amarone." It's complex and silky, and while it's drinkable upon release, it'll age beautifully for years to come.

The product of an excellent yet ripe harvest, this '09 Valpolicella bursts with brambly berries and juicy cherries, crushed river rocks, smoke, black licorice and freshly cut herbs. At once vibrant and silky, this wine studs the cheeks with polished tannins as it builds to an energetic finish that dwells in tension between its sweet fruits and savory elements. Crafted from a mélange of indigenous Veneto grape varietals chosen with Quintarelli's legendarily strict grape selection, this appassimento-technique Valpolicella spent seven years in Slavonian oak botti before bottling, a protocol unheard of in the region but one the estate uses to create a nuanced and complex wine.

Giuseppe passed away in 2012, but Quintarelli's children carry on the esoteric, painstaking techniques they learned from their father. This '09 Valpolicella offers an illustration of the greatness of the Quintarelli estate, and it's an embodiment of the ways that legendary winemakers leave the world a little better than how they found it. This classic '09 Valpolicella will drink now, but it has the structure to age for years, making it ideal to buy by the half or full case. A wine touched by the hands of the "Master of the Veneto," this '09 Valpolicella is a true "baby Amarone," and this new allocation will fly out of our cellar doors.

(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella)
$84.99 Regular Price

*Pre-Arrival, Summe


Saturday, March 4 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $179.00
Early Bird Special: $149.00 (Expires February 28, 2017)

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, IWM President

Memorialized in paintings, poems, novels and films, Toscana is arguably the heart of Italy. Let us transport you Italy's most beloved winemaking region at this luncheon tasting featuring Tuscan red wines, a five-course lunch crafted by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house staff, and hosted by IWM President Will Di Nunzio. Explore the wonders of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, Super-Tuscan wines, and treasures from the heart of Chianti Classico; learn how these food-friendly wines make dishes sing; and experience it all in the rustic elegance of IWM NYC. With five delicious courses paired with ideal wines, this luncheon feels like a trip to Toscana--without ever leaving glamorous New York City!

Featured Menu:

Assorted Antipasti
Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC 2015
Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013

Gnudi alla capretta
Fresh Handmade Pasta with Braised Goat Shoulder, Sheep's Milk Ricotta & Abalone Mushroom
Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2014
Le Mortelle Poggio alle Nane Maremma Toscana IGT 2013

Guancia di vitello
Veal Cheek with Roasted Fennel & Beldi Olive
Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Ris. Ferrovia 2010
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2005

Carré di cervo
Venison Loin with Tuscan Kale & Bone Marrow
Guado Al Tasso Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2013
Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2012
Querciabella Camartina 2011

Dolci e Forgmaggi
Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 1990
Fattoria Aldobrandesca Aleatico Sovana Superiore 2011

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, March 11 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

From the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, the most of any country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us as our knowledgeable IWM sommelier leads you through a tour of nine of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions. Michael Adler will pour wines from Italy's North to its South, helping you understand the full panorama of Italy's terroir, traditions, and grapes. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers aficionados or Italian wine newbies the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy. Toe to tip, IWM is where Italian wine lovers come for fine Italian wine.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, March 18 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

Burgundy lovers are a breed apart. They're people who love the challenge of deep immersion in two primary grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and every new vintage deepens their passion. These wine lovers revel in Burgundy's 33 grand cru and 585 premier cru vineyards, and they love discovering village-level wines that defy easy understanding. If you're one of these Burgundy connoisseurs or a wine-lover who's looking to learn more about Burgundy, IWM's Tour of Burgundy is the event for you. Led by IWM sommelier Stéphane Menard and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting will fill your mouth with delicious Burgundy and fill your head with helpful knowledge. It's a trip to Burgundy in your wine glass!

Featured Wines:

Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St Jean 1er Cru 2012
William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux 2014
Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets 2012
Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Caillerets Ancienne 2011
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2011
Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vignes 2014
Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Proces 1er Cru 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, March 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm |
New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Ticket Price: $99.00

It's a return of one of IWM's favorite tastings, the Mini Grand, featuring wines from Italy, along with select bottles around the world. This mini grand tasting will pour twenty wines--red, white and rosé--primarily from Italy, alongside special global wine surprises. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list to be announced.

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