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Quintarelli Ca del Merlo Veronese IGT 2000


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Varietal: Corvina Blend Appellation: Veronese IGT Region: Veneto Country: Italy


The estate of Giuseppe Quintarelli, arguably the Veneto’s most important producer, produces AmaroneRecioto and Alzero. Quintarelli Amarone is clearly the benchmark for Amarone wines. While Giuseppe Quintarelli died in January 2012 at the age of 84, and his wife, Franca, passed a year later, his estate continues on in the hands of his children, who learned winemaking from the man known as “The Master of the Veneto.” A perfectionist who practiced rigorous grape selection, Quintarelli released his wines to market only when he deemed them ready - often times many years after his fellow Veneto producers did so. 

Quintarelli wines are always small production, highly sought after, and insanely amazing in quality. Total production is 4,000 cases a year. Quintarelli wines are difficult to obtain and while all of his wines are sought after with fervent ardor, perhaps none is chased so passionately as Alzero, Quintarelli’s hedonistic contribution to the cult genre. Alzero is made in an Amarone style but more dry with less residual sugar and is often compared to a “Cheval Blanc on steroids”. Production of the Alzera is minuscule with less than 300 cases made each year - making allocations severely limited.

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