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2008 Rosso Cà del Merlo

Giuseppe Quintarelli

2008 Rosso Cà del Merlo Giuseppe Quintarelli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


The wines of Quintarelli are more a celebration of a region and its history and techniques than of specific grape varieties or terroirs. They are really more about the art of the blend, the patience of extended aging in cask and bottle, and the use of appassimento and ripasso techniques to further enhance complexity and age-worthiness. That’s why Cà del Merlo as a single-vineyard expression is a bit of an anomaly. Rather than being a single-vineyard wine, it is the opportunity for the Quintarellis to have a little more freedom with the blend outside of the school of Valpolicella. Always more primary than the Valpolicella, it showcases dark, palate-staining fruit that one must marvel at, given the wine’s age. Cà del Merlo is succulent and luscious, balanced beautifully by the imprint of the stony limestone and basalt hills on which the grapes are grown. —Dixon Brooke


  • Vintage 2008
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Sangiovese
  • Appellation Veneto IGT
  • Country Italy
  • Region Veneto
  • Vineyard 30 years average
  • Soil Limestone and Basalt
  • Winemaker Quintarelli Family
  • Aging After this fermentation, the wine is racked into large Slavonian oak barrels for seven years
  • Farming Traditional
  • Alcohol 15%

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