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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

41 VINTAGES

ITALY

– VENETO

RED WINE

QUINTARELLI VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2009

DOC

TASTING NOTE: 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. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score:

93

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

May 31, 2017)

986117 (XD) 750 mL $109.00

LE RAGOSE AMARONE DELLA

VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2007

DOC

TASTING NOTE: Opaque dark ruby.

Aromas of red plum, black cherry, sweet

spices and milk chocolate. A rich, round,

and very well balanced Amarone offering

a boatload of red cherry, dark plum, brown

spices and milk chocolate flavors that are

precise and pure. Finishes very long and

creamy. Lovely Amarone. (15.5% alcohol).

Drinking Window: 2017-2029. Score:

93

(Ian D’Agata,

vinous.com

, March 2017)

700872 (XD) 750 mL $60.00

QUINTARELLI ALZERO 2007

IGT Veneto

TASTING NOTE: A blend of 40%

Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet

Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the 2007

Alzero is an Amarone-inspired red blend.

The two Cabernet varieties undergo a

three-month appassimento process and

the Merlot is added at the last minute

before bottling. This last grape adds a very

evident layer of cherry sweetness and

softness that goes a long way in defining

this wine. Alzero has been in production

since 1983 and no vintage has ever been

skipped. This is a dark and brooding

expression with a playful mix of sweet

fruit intensity and dark tannic background

shading. Drink Date: 2018-2035.

Score:

95

(Monica Larner,

robert

parker.com

, May 31, 2017)

402156 (D)

750 mL $597.00

QUINTARELLI ROSSO DEL BEPI

2005

IGT Veneto

TASTING NOTE: The 2005 Rosso

del Bepi is made with the same blend

of grapes found in the Valpolicella

Superiore. Only in the case of this wine,

the entire mass of fruit sees a four-month

appassimento cycle. The wine is aged in

large oak casks for eight years. A severe

hail storm in 2005 reduced yields. The

fruit was good in that vintage, but not

good enough to become Amarone. All

that potential got locked into this wine

instead. Despite its age, the Rosso del

Bepi offers surprising freshness and

crispness with delineated tones of dried

cherry and pressed rose. This wine has

more decades of cellar aging locked

within. Drink Date: 2017-2035. Score:

95

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

May 31, 2017)

991356 (D)

750 mL $214.00

BUSSOLA VIGNETO ALTO AMARONE

DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO

2003

DOC

TASTING NOTE: I remember tasting

the 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella

Classico TB Vigneto Alto when it was

in barrel and the fermentations were

very slow. Today, it has emerged from

that awkward state and developed into

a very beautiful Amarone. Dried dark

cherry notes meld into cloves, pipe

tobacco and worn-in leather in a striking,

beautifully delineated Amarone loaded

with complexity. The flavors are a touch

developed, making the 2003 an excellent

choice for drinking now and over the

next decade or so. The 2003 doesn’t

quite reach the level of the very best

years – which would have been nearly

impossible in this vintage – but it comes

very close. There is a lot to like here,

especially for readers looking for a near-

term fix of Amarone. Drinking window:

2014-2023. Score:

94

(Antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, March 2014)

526673 (XD) 750 mL $239.00