November 1, 2017
A Note from Sergio
If normal wines are paper airplanes, Quintarelli's wines are spaceships. Every quality is overblown--sweetness, acidity, tannins, texture, flavors, aromas--and at the same time, all the wine's qualities work in tandem; it's unimaginable. A Quintarelli wine is an exercise in contradiction. A Quintarelli wine befuddles the senses and enlarges the mind. A Quintarelli wine is larger than life, yet it's as detailed and nuanced as one of those tiny eighteenth-century portraits that require a jeweler's loupe to see properly. Whenever I drink a Quintarelli wine, I invariably ask myself one question: how can such an exaggerated wine convey such perfect poise and harmony?Today's Featured Sections Include:
This question haunts me every time I open a bottle of Quintarelli's Amarone or Alzero. It's a question that I've struggled to answer, and I'm not alone: scientists have tried to discover the secret of Quintarelli's appassimento wines, and they have failed. When Bepi Quintarelli was still alive, no one could understand how he made such detailed, powerful wines, and since his passing, his children have continued his inexplicable, unfathomable craft. We'll probably never understand how Quintarelli's wines work--all we can do is appreciate them.
Today, I'm proud to present nine vintages of Quintarelli Alzero, dating from 1984 (just the second vintage) to 2007 (the most recent release). Heady, intricate, opulent wines, these Alzero bottlings are also historic, nostalgic, and revelatory. These wines will tug at your heart and make your senses sing a hallelujah chorus--and all of these vintages are at special pricing. Of course, you can't drink a wine like Alzero every day, so there are also two Barbera wines from Dante Rivetti--they're well under $30, but they drink like a million bucks! And finally, don't miss Mastroberardino's '07 Taurasi Radici Riserva. It's gorgeous, and to me it tastes like home.
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Nine Vintages of Alzero, the Indescribable Quintarelli Jewel
2. Only At IWM:
Stellar Under $28 Barbera Duo from Dante Rivetti
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Mastroberardino's Trendsetting Aglianico!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events