Giuseppe Quintarelli made wines like no one else on earth. He learned at the knee of his father, who had learned from his father, and so forth back through time, but Giuseppe--a genius winemaker--brought his own spark of innovation. Bepi never made wine that you could count on to come at certain times of the year. While other estates release their new wines like clockwork, Quintarelli's appeared as if by magic. Some vintages there would be a Quintarelli Amarone, Valpolicella, and a Rosso Ca' del Merlo. Other vintages, only two of the wines would appear. Still others, there would be the estate's Rosso del Bepi. You couldn't count on when the wines would be released, and you couldn't count on which. You could only count on the fact that they would be incredible.
Quintarelli's wines have always left me speechless. His rocket ship Amarones and perception-altering Valpolicellas were among the wines we carried when we first opened IWM in 1999, and they are wines that continue to blow me away every time I drink one. When Giuseppe passed on in 2012, I felt sad--the wine world had lost one of its legends. But I also felt heartened. Giuseppe had been blessed with a large, healthy, tight-knit family, and many members had learned his magic at his knee. The Master of the Veneto was gone, but his legacy would live on. Today, I'm very proud to bring you a new release from Quintarelli, the single-vineyard 2008 Rosso Ca' del Merlo. This is an IGT wine, but it could be a Valpolicella. Quintarelli dried its grapes before fermenting them, and this wine is rich, and luscious, and gorgeous. There's no 2008 Quintarelli Amarone-the estate bypassed the vintage--but this Rosso should keep you happy. It's Quintarelli, and it's incredible.
Along with this new Quintarelli release, I'm delighted to say that I've secured new allocations of two 2010 wines that you have loved: Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto and Collemattoni Brunello. Half-bottles don't get a lot of love in the wine community. They're certainly not ideal for aging wines, and a 375ml bottle hardly seems like enough to go around. But this misses the beauty of the split--it's perfect for one person for dinner; it's ideal to share with a companion over lunch; and it's a terrific way to experience a vintage without waiting. The Guidalberto offered today comes in a half-bottle. It's adorable and delicious, and it's a terrific way to enjoy Sassicaia's little brother. Finally, 2010 was an outrageously good year for Brunello di Montalcino. If you love Brunello, don't miss Collemattoni's 2010. It's gorgeous.