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Giuseppe 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--we'll be celebrating our twelve-year anniversary next week--and they are wines that continue to blow me away every time I drink one.

 

I'm not alone. Today on our blog, Inside IWM, Jordan Birch, one of our Portfolio Managers, wrote a very personal post about his experiences with Quintarelli. I'm not surprised at his reactions. I know how often I have sung the praises of Quintarelli, and I know how much they astonish me, but it's great to see that these wines inspire reverence in others. Let's let Jordan speak for himself:

 

The line-up, the roster, the batting order, the menu and the wines: as Portfolio Managers at IWM, we spend a lot of time thinking about these things, and tailoring each particular evening to a single client's tastes and preferences is not always easy.  And yet, choosing my closing wine always is.

 

The Maestro of the Veneto, Giuseppe Quintarelli gets unqualified respect and unfettered admiration from his patrons, compatriots, colleagues and competitors alike.  For me, every sip of a Quintarelli wine elevates my perception of what is possible.  His wines give deep, magical experiences unlike anything else on earth.

 

There is more than a little bit of genius in the man, and the most compelling argument to support this man's almost godlike status in the wine world is what he manages to produce in "off vintages."  The 2002 vintage has been raising some questions among the critics and reviewers in the industry. Giuseppe's '02 wines are nothing short of spectacular. The 2002 Rosso del Bepi belongs in a category alongside the 2002 Soldera, 2002 Monfortino, and 2002 Miani Merlot.  When most producers really struggled in this vintage, these four wines represent some of the finest achievements in the long history of epic wines. Quintarelli's more reasonably priced single-vineyard Valpolicella, the Rosso Ca' del Merlo, is likewise a monumental tribute.

 

When I study and select wines for each course of a client's tasting, toggling between various sparklers and whites, easy-drinking Chiantis and Rosso di Montalcinos for the antipasti; unusual tastes like Sagrantino from Umbria, Sardinian Carignano, Campanian Aglianico for the pastas; and progressing slowly toward full-blown Brunellos, Barolos, and Super Tuscans with the meat; but there is never any question of who I turn to in the clutch as a closer. Quintarelli is the Mariano Rivera of wines.

 

At the end of a meal when the mood is light and your belly is close to full and you are dazzled by the depth and complexity of so many different bottles of beauty - that is the moment I turn to the Maestro and present Quintarelli. Whether his Valpolicella Superiore, the Rosso Ca del Merlo, the Rosso del Bepi, the Amarone della Valpolicella, the Selezione, the Alzero Cabernet, or his Recioto - every sip provides a taste of mastery so rarely achieved in a lifetime.

 

We speak his name with reverence, softly, "the Maestro, Giuseppe Quintarelli," and he will change your world.

 

This week, I'm delighted to offer a range of wines from The Master of the Veneto-including his 2002 Rosso del Bepi and Valpolicella. These are wines of meditation, wines that'll invite you to drink them as you sit and ponder the solutions to the world's problems, wines that'll raise any dinner to a peak experience, and wines that will make you see the world a little bit differently. These are wines of reflection, optimism, and awe. Open a bottle and find yourself speechless.

 

 

My Best,

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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1998 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1998 750ml
Price: $549.00

Upon release, Quintarelli’s ’98 Amarone was praised for its purity, its intensity, and its complexity; now with almost two decades of maturity this wine is even more magical. Succulent red and blue fruits mingle with a mélange of peppery spices, autumn leaves, stewed plums, black tea and warm saddle leather in this utterly spellbinding Amarone.  Full-bodied yet incredibly detailed, this ’98 Amarone unfolds on the palate with terrific transparency and exquisite balance, revealing layer upon layer of notes and textures as it glides to a resonant, lingering finish. This collector's wine is primarily from the indigenous Corvina along with Rondinella, Molinara, Negara and traces of Cabernet, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo, made in the painstaking appassimento method. Replete with myriad layers and endless flavors, Quintarelli’s Amarone demands to be contemplated rather than merely consumed. Always rich, opulent, sensuous and extraordinary, Quintarelli’s magical Amarones hold you in their thrall. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1983 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1983 750ml
Price: $1,200.00

Brooding and intense, this ’83 Amarone explodes with dark plums, juicy berries, and succulent cherries, all framed by Christmas cake, underbrush, rose potpourri, warm saddle leather, and truffle. Immensely tannic upon release, time has tamed this ’83 Amarone, and today it reveals kaleidoscopic notes conveyed on an exquisitely balanced, silky palate. While offering terrific tertiary notes, this vintage Amarone nonetheless remains remarkably fresh, evoking the Quintarelli touch with every sip. Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, reliably crafting the benchmark for all Amarone. This collector's wine comes primarily from the indigenous Corvina along with Rondinella, Molinara, Negara and traces of Cabernet, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo, made in the appassimento method. Replete with myriad layers and endless flavors, Quintarelli’s Amarone demands to be contemplated rather than merely consumed. Always rich, opulent, sensuous and extraordinary, Quintarelli’s magical Amarones hold you in their thrall. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1990 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1990 750ml
Price: $1,499.99
Special Price: $1,299.99

1990 was heralded as one of the great Veneto vintages of the late twentieth century, and upon release this Quintarelli Amarone Riserva was praised for its complexity, its velvety mouth-feel, its seductive power, and its electric energy. Now with almost thirty years of perfect maturity, this wine is stunning, unfurling myriad layers of flavors--juicy red and blue fruits, dried plums, Christmas cake, incense, tarry earth, warm leather, umami, black tea, and so many more. Rich and complex, this wine is nonetheless vibrant, shimmering across the palate to a lingering, resonant crescendo. This collector's wine is primarily from the indigenous Corvina along with Rondinella, Molinara, Negrara and traces of Cabernet, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo, made in the painstaking appassimento method. This wine is a hedonist’s delight, a wine to be savored and meditated upon, and it’s a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest winemakers ever to have lived. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 1.5L
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 1.5L
Price: $3,499.00

Upon release, Quintarelli’s ’95 Amarone Riserva was hailed as a triumph. Now with more than twenty years of maturity, this wine is proving to be a majestic beauty that evokes its maker’s hands in its structure, texture and sheer beauty. This wine bursts from the glass with a profusion of red and black fruits, melted chocolate, tarry earth, Christmas cake, underbrush, truffles and black tea. Filling the mouth with a silken weight, this Amarone remains supple and nimble owing to its vibrant core of acidity and its lively minerality. This is a wine that invites meditation: layer upon layer of flavors unfurl on the palate in a kaleidoscopic drinking experience that culminates in a lingering, resonant finish. While Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, the estate restricts its Amarone Riserva to very great vintages; this decades-old wine now sits in the center of its drinking window. This collector Amarone Riserva is a proprietary blend of indigenous Corvina with Rondinella and traces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 750ml
Price: $1,599.99
Special Price: $1,499.99

Upon release, Quintarelli’s ’95 Amarone Riserva was hailed as a triumph. Now with more than twenty years of maturity, this wine is proving to be a majestic beauty that evokes its maker’s hands in its structure, texture and sheer beauty. This wine bursts from the glass with a profusion of red and black fruits, melted chocolate, tarry earth, Christmas cake, underbrush, truffles and black tea. Filling the mouth with a silken weight, this Amarone remains supple and nimble owing to its vibrant core of acidity and its lively minerality. This is a wine that invites meditation: layer upon layer of flavors unfurl on the palate in a kaleidoscopic drinking experience that culminates in a lingering, resonant finish. While Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, the estate restricts its Amarone Riserva to very great vintages; this decades-old wine now sits in the center of its drinking window. This collector Amarone Riserva is a proprietary blend of indigenous Corvina with Rondinella and traces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese. more info