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2016 Bianco Secco Cà del Merlo

Giuseppe Quintarelli

2016 Bianco Secco Cà del Merlo Giuseppe Quintarelli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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.

Dixon Brooke

Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Bianco, Chardonnay, Saorin
Appellation: Veneto IGT
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Producer: Giuseppe Quintarelli
Winemaker: Quintarelli Family
Vineyard: 30 years average
Soil: Limestone and Basalt
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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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.


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