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Wines of VenetoThe Veneto’s most well-known still white wine is Soave, a designation that has been compromised through both viticultural and vinification methods and the enlargement of the zone. While it was originally a blend of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave (both aromatic varieties), changes in DOC regulations permitted the introduction of a more mundane strain of Trebbiano (Toscano) as well as Chardonnay, thereby precipitating the widespread production of a fairly vapid wine. However, Soave bottlings that pair Garganega with Trebbiano di Soave tend to offer a substantive flavor profile. While Soave is not the only white DOC, the others, Lugana and Gambellara, primarily involve the same varietals. The former (which is shared with Lombardia), privileges Trebbiano di Soave, and some bottlings realize a substantive aromatic presence. With respect to the latter, Garganega exercises its dominance, as it represents a minimum of 80% of the blend. The category also includes several varietally labeled wines that are fairly simple in character. Valpolicella is, in many respects, the red counterpart to Soave, as its image has suffered from mass production.

However, unlike Soave, it operates a stylistic hierarchy: Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Superiore and/or Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella, and Recioto della Valpolicella generally comprise the grape trio of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. Valpolicella Classico (Classico denoting a wine made in the inner, superior Valpolicella zone) is the simplest expression of the Valpolicella quartet. At the Superiore level, Valpolicella must achieve higher alcohol content, receive longer aging, and display more body and structure than the simple Valpolicella. To realize these qualities, many Superiore are treated via one of two techniques: “governo alla Toscana” or ripasso. Under the “governo alla Toscana” method, producers blend the finished Valpolicella with a small percentage of Amarone remaining from a previous batch. Others employ the ripasso method, enriching the Valpolicella wine through direct contact with (or passing through) the Amarone’s lees.
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Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
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Begali’s delectable Valpolicella Classico is easy to pop and pour and enjoy again and again! Pure red berries cavort on a bed of woodland moss, wildflower petals, spices, river rocks and earth in Begali’s charming ’17 Valpolicella Classico. This wine is about food-friendly immediate drinkability, and it shows an alluring balance between its fine tannins and bright acidity that linger on the savory, mineral-laden finish. A blend of 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and the remainder local grape varietals, grapes ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year in botti before resting in bottle. more info
Maculan Brentino 2016 750ml
Maculan Brentino 2016 750ml
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Balanced, dry, and caressing, the ’16 Brentino leaps from the glass in a profusion of succulent red and blue fruits, warm spices, crushed rocks, cedar wood, and kisses of tobacco and herbs. Rich yet focused, the Brentino wraps its sweet fruits around a sturdy mineral core, while racy acidity propels it to a satisfying, food-friendly finish. A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes for this Bordeaux-style wine grow in volcanic, limestone-rich soils; after fermenting in stainless steel for about a week, the wine ages for a year in a combination of stainless steel and barrique, one-third new. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amabile del Cere Passito Bianco 2007 375ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amabile del Cere Passito Bianco 2007 375ml
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Price: $269.99
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A blend of mostly Garganega with Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Bianco, Chardonnay, Saorin. Citrus and stone fruits, dried figs, Christmas spices, caramel and white flowers appear in turns in this otherworldly, kaleidoscopic wine.

Quintarelli makes a meticulous selection of white grapes for this wine and then lets them sit and dry out; pressed three or four months after harvest, this wine ferments with natural yeasts and then ages in French oak barrel for several years before bottling.
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Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004 375ml
Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004 375ml
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Crafted only in the best of vintages, Dal Forno Veneto Passito Vigna Seré is a labor of love, and in ‘04, the textured silky wine explodes on the palate with a profusion of red and black fruit, espresso, leather, exotic spices and wildflowers. Named Veneto Passito Vigna Seré because this dessert wines differs in protocol from the traditional dessert wine of the Veneto, Recioto, Dal Forno’s sweet wine is as luscious, decadent, age-worthy and mind-bending as you’d expect. A blend of 55% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 20% Croatina, and 10% Oseletta, the grapes for Veneto Passito Vigna Seré dry for six months before pressing--this is twice as long as for Amarone and two months longer than Recioto. After drying, the grapes ferment in stainless steel and then the wine ages for three years in barriques before bottling. It’s a magical wine from a magical vintage, and it explains why Dal Forno is known as the “Grape King” of the Veneto. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1983 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1983 750ml
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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
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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 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 750ml
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Price: $1,599.99
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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 Valpolicella Riserva 2007
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Valpolicella Riserva 2007 1.5L
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Price: $1,799.99
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Forest floor, crushed hazelnuts, melted chocolate, Christmas cake and earth provide a savory backdrop for the juicy red and blue fruits in this silky, enveloping ’07 Amarone. While the product of a ripe vintage, this wine still needs some time to come into its own; its exquisite structure provides a compelling framework for aging, and as opulent as this wine is, a deep core of minerality and some sprightly acidity keep it supple. This 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, and it ages for years in large botti before release. Replete with myriad layers and endless flavors, Quintarelli’s Amarone demands to be contemplated rather than merely consumed. Always rich, opulent, sensuous and extraordinary, every vintage of this wine is a thing of beauty. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 1.5L
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 1.5L
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Price: $3,499.00
Special Price: $2,999.99

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
Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1990 3L
Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1990 3L
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Price: $6,299.00
Special Price: $5,499.99

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