Amarone della Valpolicella DOP Classico 1997 by Quintarelli
From arguably the greatest vintage of the ’90s, one of the greatest producers in Valpolicella, indeed all of Italy, at their very best. Indeed, this highly collectible wine is peaking round about now, providing a drinking experience truly for the ages.
Winemaking: All of Giuseppe Quintarelli’s skill and philosophical commitment went this one as ever, with trademark slow ripening, slow macerating and slow fermentation followed by the slowest of oak ageing, in the traditional Slavonian oak botti, for 7 years prior to bottling.
Assemblage: Corvina 55%, 25% rondinella, 20% cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese.
Soil: Mostly calcareous with basaltic areas.
Colour: Translucent red brick.
Aroma: A full choir-range, from the dark-fruit foundations through coffee, leather and mushroom notes all the way through to touches of lavender and violets.
Palate: Full, but now deceptively soft and velvety, whose acidity and tannins are perfectly integrated while still providing the backbone of the wine.
Ageability: Peaking now, but still with a decade or so left without doubt.
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