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Three Epic Wines from Quintarelli, Mastroberardino and Toro Albala
May 31, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Going back to work on a Tuesday feels harder than returning to work on a Monday, and I want to soften the blow with an offer featuring three wines that rightfully deserve the word "epic." Although "epic" used to be reserved for long poems of heroic conquests and losses, of giant battles and great acts of human courage, the word has fallen into common speech. It's slang these days. Anything from a video game to a delicious pizza is epic. Used so often, "epic" feels worn thin and stripped of its importance.

It might seem strange to use the word "epic" to describe wines. After all, what is wine but a bunch of grapes? There's nothing grandiose about grapes. They're just fruit. You can buy them at any grocery store. There's no great human struggle to be found in a bunch of fruit. But the three wines below represent more than the grapes that comprise them, more than the human labor that went into making them, more than the centuries of human history and tradition that made them possible, and even more than the millennia of nature that made their soil, their weather, and their environment possible. Great wines are more than the sum of their parts, and this trio of wines is nothing if not great--these wines could rightly be called epic.

Today, I'm very proud to present these epic bottlings: Quintarelli 2003 Amarone Riserva, Mastroberardino 1973 Taurasi Radici, and Toro Albala 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion. The last two of these bottles, the Mastroberardino and the Toro Albana, have already lived decades--and they can live for many more years. People have lived and died as these wines have quietly been aging, growing more mature, becoming ever more beautiful. The first of these wines, the Quintarelli Amarone Riserva, can live for decades; it's an ageless, timeless wine that will likely outlive us all. In each of these bottles rests the lives of people, their struggles, their hopes and their dreams, their love and their passion. That's nothing if not epic.

Share one of these wines with your children or your grandchildren, if not today, then years down the road.

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Brooding and Gorgeous'03 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
2. Only At IWM:
Historic '73 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Legendary '46 Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Valpolicella Riserva 2003 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Valpolicella Riserva 2003 750ml
Price: $799.00

Juicy red and blue fruits dance with incense, Christmas cake, kirsch, warm saddle leather, espresso, earth, and cigar wrapper in this bewitching, ageless ’03 Amarone Riserva. Velvety and caressing, this wine wraps the palate with unrestrained voluptuousness, unfolding its tantalizing layers to slowly reveal a crescendo of flavors. Fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks, while savory, earthy notes balance the wine’s explosive fruit, creating a harmonious concert for its lucky drinker. Full-bodied and complex, this exquisite Amarone Riserva is drinking wonderfully now, but it’ll be enjoyable for decades to come. Quintarelli’s collector's wine is the benchmark for all Amarone, composed primarily of the indigenous Corvina blended with Rondinella and traces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese, which are partially dried in the appassimento method prior to vinification through very traditional means. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Valpolicella Riserva 2003 1.5L
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Valpolicella Riserva 2003 1.5L
Price: $1,699.00

Describing Quintarelli Amarone Riserva is always pointless--its myriad notes render the wine beyond words--but rarely is this more true in the darkly gorgeous ’03 Amarone Valpolicella Riserva. Juicy red and blue fruits dance with incense, Christmas cake, kirsch, warm saddle leather and cigar wrapper in a bewitching bottling that is one of the final wines to come from the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli himself. more info