One of Italy’s most singular and exciting whites, Quintarelli’s Bianco Secco is quintessentially Veronese, based on the region’s beguiling Garganega grape. It reaches beautiful expression here in the limestone and basalt hills around Negrar, and blended with the native Saorin it rises to even greater heights of complexity with precise aromatics, lovely texture, and unique flavor. I love its versatility at table with Italian cuisine, and it is also one of my favorite aperitivi.
Named after the great Giuseppe “Bepi” Quintarelli, who revolutionized his family domaine and the entire region in the process, “Bepi” is the name given to the estate’s declassified Amarone. It is produced from the best fruit of the vintage that is dried until Christmas and then pressed. Cooler years tend to be “Bepi” rather than Amarone years, when the maestro could show what he was capable of in a more difficult vintage. Grand finesse, impeccable balance.
Last released in the 2003 vintage and representing a microscopic percentage of the overall production of Quintarelli Amarone, the Riserva is the finest selection of the cellar and destined for a very long life. Vintage 2007 was easily the vintage of the decade in Valpolicella, as this monumental wine handily attests.
Sono nato nel 2006. Sono cresciuto da bandito. E in 5 anni ho raggiunto l’infinito. “I was born in 2006. I was raised a bandit. And in 5 years, I reached infinity.” These words are printed on the back label of every bottle of the estate’s “Bandito,” immortalizing the incredible history of the production of the rarest of all Quintarelli wines. During the Second World War, white wine was left aging in barrels that were hidden from the Axis. They were discovered years later, and the resulting wine was sublime. So is this one.