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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.
|Blend:||55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Sangiovese|
|Appellation:||Recioto della Valpolicella|
|Vineyard:||30 years average|
|Soil:||Limestone and Basalt|
|Aging:||Wine is then racked and ages in Slavonian oak barrels for five to six years|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.