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2004 Quintarelli Amarone Debut, Collector Greats from Montevertine and Luciano Sandrone
January 27, 2014
A Note from Sergio

Reflecting on the process of contemporary winemakers, Giuseppe Quintarelli once said to me, "The basic problem in wine today is that nobody has any patience." He continued, "They hurry the fruit in the vineyard, speed through the vinification process, rush it into the bottle, and run it to the store. But patience is the most important thing a winemaker must have. Patience in all areas."

Patience was likely Quintarelli's secret. It's entirely possible that the late, great winemaker's slow and steady pace helped him to make some of the most sought-after, difficult-to-obtain, life-altering wines in the world. But the fact is that all the patience in the world couldn't explain how Giuseppe did what he did. During Beppe's lifetime, the industry's leading consultants repeatedly tried to recreate Quintarelli's wines in a controlled environment. Quintarelli Amarone simply could not be captured through the most rigorous and fastidious of attempts.

Today, tomorrow and into the unforeseeable future, Quintarelli Amarone will continue to be a complete and utter mystery, and that only makes it more beautiful. Today, I'm proud to present a wine that evokes the patience of the Master of the Veneto, the estate's 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella, a wine a decade in the making. Since Giuseppe passed away a little more than a year ago, his wines--always collectable and avidly sought--have become even more electric. This bottling, one of the last to be touched by Beppe's hands, is special. It's not only the fact that it lives and breathes Giuseppe; it's also the fact that this vintage is extraordinary.

The '04 Quintarelli Amarone is the epitome of a collector wine--and given its company in today's eLetter, that's not something I say lightly. For along with this Amarone debut, I'm proud to offer a thirty-year-old Montevertine Le Pergole Torte and a mini-vertical of large format Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne from 1999-2001. I'd say it's an embarrassment of riches, except that being able to offer wines like these to people like you make me beam with joy.

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debuting Quintarelli Amarone 2004

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Rare, Historic and Collectable Montevertine 1982 Pergole Torte

3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Very Different, Very Delicious Wines

4. Only At IWM: Large Format Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1999-2001         

5. Wine Events: Two Intimate Winemaker Dinners with Riccardo Talenti, Winemaker 

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito