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    Quintarelli

    About Quintarelli

    Born in 1927, Giuseppe Quintarelli took over the family estate in 1950 and gradually expanded until its present state, with 12 hectares of vines stretching along the eastern side of the Negrar valley. Quintarelli prides himself on being an artisanal producer that juxtaposes the most traditional production techniques with a modern twist. Amarones are aged for 7 years in Slavonian bottis and labels are drawn and glued by hand. In 1985, Quintarelli made the bold move of introducing non-native grape varieties such as Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sadly, Quintarelli passed away in early 2012, leaving his daughter Fiorenza and her husband Giampaolo to manage the estate.

    First produced in 1983, the Alzero is made like an Amarone but using a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. After harvest, the best bunches are left to air dry for a few months to concentrate the juices before being pressed and fermented, resulting in a massive wine that is rich and concentrated.



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    Veneto 3 96 (VN) HK$4,060.00
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    Vinous (96)

    The 2009 Alzero Cabernet is a knockout, showing a captivating display of sour cherries, licorice and mint offset by mocha and hints of tobacco. This is elegance personified, as a velvety wave of sweet red and black fruits is further complemented by confectionary spices and contrasting notes of espresso and cacao. There is so much energy to be found within the 2009. It bristles with residual acids, minerals and sour citrus through the finale, while still showing a gorgeous inner sweetness through a note of ripe plums under an air of violets and lavender. This is so easy to like today that it’s hard to recommend waiting. However, there’s much more to be seen over time, and patience will be rewarded. The Alzero Cabernet is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot dried prior to vinification through appassimento.
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    Veneto 1 96 (WA) HK$6,635.00
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    Wine Advocate (96)

    The Quintarelli Giuseppe 2012 Cabernet Alzero (packaged in a heavy glass bottle) is a stunning wine that delivers a level of cautious brawn, intensity and fruit weight that sets this wine apart within the portfolio. The blend is 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, and the grapes all undergo a few months of appassimento. I've been asked about possible perception of VA (volatile acidity) that can sometimes appear in wines made with air-dried fruit. As a much-respected Italian colleague once told me, "serve a dare spalla," ("it gives a shoulder to the wine"), and I can't help but admire the beautifully lifted and upright quality of the bouquet that appears especially radiant and buoyant in this wine. The magic, whatever it is, works.
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    Veneto 2 - HK$15,810.00
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    Veneto 1 - HK$14,545.00
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    Veneto 1 94 (VN) HK$7,235.00
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    Vinous (94)

    The 2012 Amabile del Cerè is flat-out stunning, boasting a seductive display of baked apple, fig paste, mint, spiced orange and hints of burnt sugar. It’s weighty and textural yet full of vibrant energy, as floral-laced peach, honey and hints of buttercream give way to candied citrus and a note of brown sugar. This is unrelenting pleasure and opulence in a glass, as layer upon layer of contrasting sweet and sour notes repeatedly thrills the senses. It lingers for well over a minute with hints of tropical fruit and florals. The Amabile del Cere uses the same mix of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Saorin as the Bianco Secco, yet it’s air-dried prior to vinification. It’s only produced in years when Quintarelli feels that the Bianco Secco is strong enough to stand on its own without the addition of the Amabile’s fruit. The 2012 should not be missed.
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    Veneto 1 94 (VN) HK$11,665.00
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    Vinous (94)

    Ginger and incense, dried apricots, crushed almond and nuances of butterscotch lift from the 2015 Amabile del Cerè. This soothes with silken, weighty textures, yet its balance is in place with a sour citrus wave that leaves a salty sensation in its wake. It tapers off long with a smoky note and tropical florals and citrus that linger on while remaining incredibly fresh. The 2015 Amabile del Cere is pure hedonistic pleasure.
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    Veneto 1 97 (WA) HK$6,840.00
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    Wine Advocate (97)

    The previous vintages of the wine immediately preceding this one are 2003 and 2000. Jump forward in time, and the 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva will linger on the market for a while because the estate has not yet decided which vintage will be next, but as a rule of thumb, the Riserva is only made two or maybe three times per decade. Only 5,838 bottles of this wine were produced. I'm told that the 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages are all very strong contenders for Riserva status. In any case, this is the last Riserva to be made in Giuseppe Quintarelli's lifetime (he passed away in 2012). One of the criteria that makes a Riserva is the appassimento process that is extended by a couple of months here. This wine boasts 17% alcohol, and that enormous inner power is ultimately what drives this wine. That motor is enhanced by rich fullness, dense texture and beautifully balanced aromas of dried fruit, exotic spice, cigar box and moist potting soil. The quality of the aromas is absolutely clear and pristine, and the tannins have been softened into absolutely silkiness.
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    Veneto 1 - HK$53,120.00
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    Veneto 1 97+ (WA) HK$9,585.00
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    Wine Advocate (97+)

    Only produced in select vintages when growing conditions are deemed exceptional, this is one of the most coveted bottles in Italian wine. The Quintarelli Giuseppe 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva represents the last vintage seen by Bepi himself. Giuseppe Quintarelli died in January 2012 at age 84 following his struggle with Parkinson's disease. There's magic in this wine, and we raise a glass to the master of Negrar. It delivers elegant class and concentration, fruit freshness and the power (plus 16.5% alcohol) that comes with appassimento. It's an ethereal wine from a hot and dry vintage. There are many contradictions within the bottle, but it ultimately settles on a place of balance and beauty. I opened bottle number 1,443 of only 5,726 released.
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    Veneto 2 97+ (WA) HK$32,915.00
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    Wine Advocate (97+)

    Only produced in select vintages when growing conditions are deemed exceptional, this is one of the most coveted bottles in Italian wine. The Quintarelli Giuseppe 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva represents the last vintage seen by Bepi himself. Giuseppe Quintarelli died in January 2012 at age 84 following his struggle with Parkinson's disease. There's magic in this wine, and we raise a glass to the master of Negrar. It delivers elegant class and concentration, fruit freshness and the power (plus 16.5% alcohol) that comes with appassimento. It's an ethereal wine from a hot and dry vintage. There are many contradictions within the bottle, but it ultimately settles on a place of balance and beauty. I opened bottle number 1,443 of only 5,726 released.
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    Veneto 1 97 (VN) HK$5,050.00
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    Vinous (97)

    A gorgeous, captivating wine, the 2006 soars out of the glass with the most exotic display of amarena cherry, leather, sweet pipe tobacco, lavender, spice and amaro herbs. It is the sort of very rare wine that captivates all the senses, from the intellectual to the most hedonistic. Time in the glass brings out seemingly endless layers of floral and spice inflections. More than that, the 2006 is a rare wine that constantly develops in the glass, showing myriad layers of dimension as time passes, almost without notice. There are a few wines in the world that are more than just wine, they represent the history of a family, a place, an appellation. This is one of them.
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    Veneto 1 96 (VN) HK$4,985.00
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    Vinous (96)

    The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is spellbinding, showing the power and richness of the vintage with a display of crushed plums and cherry sauce, further complemented by sweet exotic spices. Notes of lavender, milk chocolate and a hint of espresso bean come forward over time. This is pure elegance and class, with velvety textures over a full-bodied frame, yet maintaining perfect balance, giving way to a staining of floral-laced red and blue fruit that can be both tasted and felt as they saturate the senses. A coating of dusty fine tannin settles in, reminding you of just how youthful this is today, but the endnote is freshness. Today, the 2011 can be enjoyed for its primary intensity, but the best is truly yet to come.
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    Veneto 1 95 (VN) HK$13,325.00
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    Vinous (95)

    The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico pulls you toward the glass with an intense display of crushed raspberries and clove, along with hints of tangerine and smoke. This is cool-toned and energetic, with exotic sweet spices and hints of mint giving way to depths of ripe cherries, confectionery spice and cocoa. It possesses a nervous core of acidity, yet also a totally classic feel. There’s a citrusy twist of sweet and sour and vivid inner rose and autumnal spices. The 2013 is powerful and deep, yet also full of energy, tapering off long and lightly structured. It's just begging for a little time in the cellar to fully come together.
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    Veneto 1 - HK$11,665.00
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    Veneto 1 - HK$13,215.00
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    Veneto 1 - HK$5,275.00
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    Veneto 1 - HK$2,400.00
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    Veneto 1 89 (VN) HK$1,700.00
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    Vinous (89)

    The 2018 Primofiore wafts up from the glass wonderfully fresh and fruity, showing rosy florals, wild strawberries, green peppercorns and hints of sweet spice. This is silky in texture, with a hint of savory herbs up front, before further evolving to display tart wild berries with a subtle twang of sour citrus, which frames the experience nicely. The long, perfumed finale resonates with floral-tinged red and hints of blue fruit. This blend of 50% Corvina Veronese and Corvinone to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc is so incredibly pretty. Primofiore is matured for two years in cask and intended to be a more fruit-forward expression of Quintarelli.
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    Veneto 1 98 (VN) HK$14,375.00
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    Vinous (98)

    Time has only been a friend to the 2004 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico. Soaring and vivid in its beauty, the 2004 is simply stunning today. Bittersweet chocolate, cloves, menthol, leather and sweet dark cherry are front and center, but it is the wine's poise and overall nuance that truly elevate it into the stratosphere of wine elixirs. Don't make the same mistake I have made in the past. Avoid the half bottles. The 2004 is a wine to buy in the 750s. This is as good as Recioto gets.
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    Veneto 2 - HK$5,770.00
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    Veneto 1 95 (WA) HK$3,525.00
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    Wine Advocate (95)

    The 2005 Rosso del Bepi is made with the same blend of grapes found in the Valpolicella Superiore. Only in the case of this wine, the entire mass of fruit sees a four-month appassimento cycle. The wine is aged in large oak casks for eight years. A severe hail storm in 2005 reduced yields. The fruit was good in that vintage, but not good enough to become Amarone. All that potential got locked into this wine instead. Despite its age, the Rosso del Bepi offers surprising freshness and crispness with delineated tones of dried cherry and pressed rose. This wine has more decades of cellar aging locked within.
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    Veneto 1 89 (VN) HK$6,235.00
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    Vinous (89)

    The 2010 Rosso del Bepi has a savory, exotic and almost animalistic personality that keeps you coming back to the glass, as a dusting of confectioner’s sugar gives way to wild strawberry, spiced citrus, sour apple and hints of flowery undergrowth. Its textures are soft, offset by salty minerals, a hint of bitter coffee and a tart display of red and black fruits. This tapers off a bit short and struggles to find balance, with a slight green streak running through its lingering note of cherry pits and savory spice. Because of heavy rains, Quintarelli decided to declassify their Amarone and produce this rendition of Rosso del Bepi instead.
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    Veneto 1 93 (VN) HK$6,410.00
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    Vinous (93)

    The 2014 Rosso del Bepi is understated yet very pretty, showing nuances of woodland berries laced with sour citrus, savory herbs and a hint of animal muskiness. This washes across the palate with silken textures, yet delivers masses of tart red berries and minerals that add grippy tension. It’s remarkably fresh and zesty in character, and it’s amazing to think that the 2014 underwent the same appassimento that an Amarone did in better years. This tapers off spicy with a sour citrus twang under inner violet florals, as round tannins linger. The 2014 may not have the depth of a Quintarelli Amarone, but it instead possesses verve and is packed full of character.
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    Veneto 4 90 (VN) HK$2,185.00
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    Vinous (90)

    Masses of red and blue florals mix with hints of mint and wild berries to create a lifted and inviting bouquet on the 2013 Valpolicella Classico Superiore. It’s soft in feel and more savory than sweet, with a pure display of tart cherries and spices coasting across a core of salty acids and minerals. The 2013 has energy to burn, remaining juicy and spry, while tapering off to wild herbal notes and sour red fruits. While I don’t see this vintage as one to forget in the cellar, there’s certainly a lot of pleasure to be found here over the short term. The Quintarelli Valpolicella is produced from half fresh-harvested and half air-dried fruit that is matured for six years in cask prior to release.
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    Veneto 1 - HK$2,635.00
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