Amarone della Valpolicella DOP Classico 2013 by Quintarelli
A fine vintage for those winemakers with the experience to exploit its 70s-esque conditions – which, naturally, presented no problems for Quintarelli, who harnessed all their know-how to produce yet another fabulous wine – and one that just now is starting to come into its own as well. An internationally renowned edition of one of the Veneto’s most celebrated winemakers.
Winemaking: Exceptionally careful hand-harvesting of the grapes took place in September. They were then put through one of the longest and slowest appassimento procedures in the region, before crushing and long maceration (3 months) and fermentation (45 days). The wine is then put into medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels for 72 months, in-keeping with Quintarelli’s slow-and-precise methods.
Assemblage: Corvina veronese 55%, rondinella 25%, cabernet sauvignon 15%, others 5%.
Soil: Calcareous and volcanic.
Colour: A deep, darkened garnet.
Aroma: Intense, profound red and black cherry notes, along with hints of balsamic, almonds, cigar box and much more.
Palate: Powerful yes, but soft and refreshing, an astonishingly balanced wine that’s just starting to show its full potential.
Ageability: Still looking at decades of ageing potential.