Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva DOP Classico 2009 by Quintarelli
A great vintage in general becomes a spectacular one in the hands of the very best winemakers, and this maxim applies perfectly to the 2009 Amarone Riserva by Quintarelli. A bit of extra heat on it from the bit of extra heat in the spring and summer, but this extraordinarily crafted wine is more than Amarone’s signature power, with Quintarelli’s skill and delicacy written all over it. A must for collectors.
Winemaking: incredibly careful grape selection, and if insufficient bunches qualify the wine doesn’t get made. The grapes in the fruttaio are encouraged to develop noble botrytis as well as drying out, to further encourage sugar concentration. The grapes are then crushed, fermented for a rather long 45 days, then placed into medium-small Slavonian oak barrels to age for an astonishing ten years.
Assemblage: corvina 55%, rondinella 25%, nebbiolo, sangiovese and croatina 15%.
Colour: intense violet yielding to reddish.
Aroma: dense, packed with fruit to the collar, but extraordinarily layered as well with secondary and tertiary aromas, from complex spices to smoky autumn leaves.
Palate: lush, velvety, lifting in the mid-palate and a finish as long as a midsummer day.
Ageability: this wine’s only just getting going now – it has decades yet left to run.