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2004 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico

Giuseppe Quintarelli

2004 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Giuseppe Quintarelli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The Quintarelli family celebrates 2004 as a grande annata—a great vintage—and you’ll see why with this latest release of Recioto, a wine made from ripe grapes dried for months and then fermented as much as nature allows. Each sip is a mind-melting experience, evoking dried fruit, baking spices, caramel, roasted nuts . . . This is the ultimate pairing for hard aged cheeses and almond biscotti, or perhaps you can simply enjoy this decadent treat—a combination of powerful structure and tender elegance—before a roaring fire on a chilly winter evening.

Anthony Lynch

$360.00
Vintage: 2004
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Sangiovese
Appellation: Recioto della Valpolicella
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Producer: Giuseppe Quintarelli
Winemaker: Quintarelli Family
Vineyard: 30 years average
Soil: Limestone and Basalt
Aging: Wine is then racked and ages in Slavonian oak barrels for five to six years
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 16%

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About Veneto

Italy’s most prolific wine region by volume, the Veneto is the source of some of the country’s most notorious plonk: you’ll find oceans of insipid Pinot Grigo, thin Bardolino, and, of course, the ubiquitous Prosecco. And yet, the Veneto produces the highest proportion of DOC wine of any Italian region: home to prestigious appellations like Valpolicella, Amarone, and Soave, it is capable of excelling in all three colors, with equally great potential in the bubbly and dessert departments.

With almost 200,000 acres planted, the Veneto has a wealth of terroirs split between the Po Valley and the foothills of the Alps. While the rich soils of the flatlands are conducive to mechanization, high yields, and mass production of bulk wine, the areas to the north offer a fresher climate and a diversity of poor soil types, ideal for food-friendly wines that show a sense of place. Whether it’s a charming Prosecco Superiore from the Glera grape, a stony Soave or Gambellara from Garganega, or a Corvina-based red in any style, the Veneto’s indigenous grape varieties show real character when worked via traditional production methods.

Since his first visit in 1979, Kermit has regularly returned to the Veneto to enjoy its richness of fine wines and local cuisine. Our collaboration with Corte Gardoni, our longest-running Italian import, is a testament to this. The proximity of beautiful cities like Verona and Venice, with their deep culinary heritage, certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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