The 2009 Valpolicella Classico is a wine of pedigree and depth. The blend is Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, and other loose odds and ends found in the vineyards. Half the grapes are pressed as fresh fruit. The other half sees a brief two-month appassimento. The two are blended and macerated on the leftover skins of Amarone. The wine then goes into botte grande for six years and bottle for an additional six months for full integration. This classic vintage shows sweet fruit and black spice with lingering sweetness on the close. The wine imparts a round and slightly sweet flavor profile with earthy end notes of spice and campfire ash.
93 points, Monica Larner (June 2017)
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.