2003 Quintarelli Amarone
Vinous (Galloni) | 90 VM
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RP
If there is one quality that distinguishes the wines of the late Giuseppe Quintarelli, it is complexity. Unlike any other producer in the Amarone production area, this legendary artisan magically pulls out aromas of dried sage, Indian spice, crushed white pepper and delicate forest berry. On the palate, the wine is bright, crisp and intense, but never heavy or syrupy. Italy lost one of its greatest winemakers when Quintarelli passed away in early 2012.
Wine Enthusiast | 94 WE
The 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico takes over all the senses with its rich voluptuous fruit and powerful structure. Firm tannins provide the backbone for this huge, intense wine. Sweet floral and tobacco notes add an element of delicacy but the richness and ripeness of the year are dominant. Tar, spices, licorice and chocolate are layered into the finish. This is a deceptively medium-bodied wine, but there is plenty of power and structure that is waiting to emerge.
Vinous Media | 90 VM
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Veneto's reds are easily recognized for their sweet, but intense fruity flavors that together create an impressive scope of Corvina-based wines. Other typical varieties are Rondinella and Molinara, and they're all well-known for the palate rich with red fruits, above all sour cherry. On the other hand, there's a breathtaking portfolio of refreshing, lemon-flavored dry whites, mostly based on Garganega and Trebbiano varieties. All these wines are outstandingly complex and long-lasting, thanks to the wonderful Garganega grapes.