Quintarelli

Quintarelli Vineyards is one of the most renowned Amarone producers in the Veneto region of Italy. The Quintarelli Estate dates back to the 1920s, but it was not until Giuseppe “Bepi” Quintarelli took over the reigns in the mid 1950s that Quintarelli became what many consider the benchmark for Amarone wines. His innovative winemaking technique called appassimento, the process of air-drying grapes, has been used throughout Valpolicella since he developed it according to our Quintarelli reviews. There are other Quintarelli wines produced aside from Amarone including Recioto, Valpolicella Superiore, their cult Alzero wine, a dry white wine called Bianco Secco and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Corvina called Primo Fiore. However it is still the signature Quinteralli Amarone wines that find their way to the top of our Quintarelli ratings. Sadly, Giuseppe passed away in January 2012 and the estate is now managed by Giuseppe's surviving wife Franca, as well as his daughter and son-in-law. Our Quintarelli reviews provide more information on the estate itself as well as a full compilation of ratings and reviews.

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96
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Quintarelli 1998 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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There’s something magical about this wine: the purity, the elegance, the harmony, the immediate rush of intensity. This is one of Italy’s iconic wines thanks to the profound purity it delivers with notes of chocolate, leather, cherry, apple, cola and spice. It imparts loads of succulent flavor and is simply beautiful.  — M.L.  (12/1/2007)
94
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Quintarelli 2003 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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If there is one quality that distinguishes the wines of the late Giuseppe Quintarelli, it is complexity. Unlike any other producer in the Amarone production area, this legendary artisan magically pulls out aromas of dried sage, Indian spice, crushed white pepper and delicate forest berry. On the palate, the wine is bright, crisp and intense, but never heavy or…  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
93
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Quintarelli 2000 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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Even with the elder Giuseppe Quintarelli in retirement, this storied name in Valpolicella continues to make one of the most classic and traditional expressions of Amarone available today. The layered bouquet releases tones of smoky graphite, dried fruit, prune, ginger, hummus and sweet strawberry jam.  — M.L.  (12/1/2011)
92
points

Quintarelli 2003 Red (Valpolicella Classico Superiore)

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Aged in large oak casks for six long years, Quintarelli’s exceptional Valpolicella blend—which has tiny percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina and Sangiovese—shows ethereal tones of licorice, dried ginger, wild berry and spice. The texture is smooth and polished, showing a touch of chopped mint.  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
91
points

Quintarelli 2001 Red (Valpolicella Classico Superiore)

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Aged for eight years in oak cask, this is a magical, meditative wine from the grandfather of Valpolicella tradition. The wine opens with a bright ruby hue with lively aromas of apple skin, white cherry, cranberry and delicate shadings of soft spice, smoke and licorice.  — M.L.  (2/1/2011)
90
points

Quintarelli 2002 Rosso del Bepi Red (Veneto)

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A ripe and intense wine, Rosso del Bepi (named after Valpolicella founding father Giuseppe Quintarelli) shows aromas of tobacco, cherry liqueur, root beer and soy sauce. It delivers a sweet, chewy close with a touch of dried hay at the end.  — M.L.  (12/1/2011)
89
points

Quintarelli 1997 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

  1. $300
Big in alcohol at 16% and big in reputation; we liked this wine but did not really find it up to its icon status. The nose shows a bit of volatile acidity as well as a hint of horseradish, but it also delivers fine cherry and sugared cake notes. Rather intense in the mouth, with a touch of cherry skin and grit along with cola. Finishes long and correct.  — W.E.  (11/1/2005)
86
points

Quintarelli 1999 Primofiore Red (Veronese)

  1. $32
A clean and easy wine from a venerable producer. While not a blockbuster, Giuseppe Quintarelli has made an earthy, leafy interesting wine with cherry and vanilla characteristics and some leathery qualities. Moderate tannins and a short finish indicate that it’s a drink-now type of wine.  — W.E.  (5/1/2003)
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