The Primofiore, or first flower, is a blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This wine is made with the runoff juice from first pressings of what will be used for the estate’s superlative Amarone.
Released no less than four years from harvest, the Primofiore is a wine of substance and depth yet is full of youthful energy. Rich orchard fresh cherry fruit, deep florals, fragrant earth, spice and dried herbs. Silken tannins keep the wine present on the palate, long enough to figure out some of the elusive, will-o’-the-wisp nuances. Caveat emptor; it’s very easy to fall head over heels for this wine.
Located in the heart of the Valpolicella district of Veneto, Quintarelli is a renowned family wine estate with a near cult-like status. Founder and patriarch the late Giuseppe Quintarelli was known as the ‘Master of the Veneto’. He built his reputation by crafting small quantities of top quality wine made to the highest standards of perfection and released only when ready to drink. Since his death in 2012, the family continue to carry on his remarkable legacy. The grapes are meticulously selected in the vineyards often requiring many passes to obtain only the best, perfectly ripened fruit. Quintarelli wines are always small in allocation, high in demand, expensive but always an exceptional experience. The estate produces an array of top-tier wines including the Bianco Secco IGT, Primofiore IGT, Valpolicella Superiore, Rosso Ca del Merlo, Recioto della Valpolicella, and an Amarone della Valpolicella widely considered to be the very best in the region.