Until his death at the age of 84 (January 15 of 2012), after suffering from Parkinson’s for many years, Giuseppe Quintarelli was the living, reigning master of the Veneto. In his memory, it is rightfully remembered that he remains the single most important as well as gifted man of the vine that the region ever produced. His wines, from the incomparable Valpolicella, to the greatest Amarone one will ever experience are legends without equal or rival. Even the great Romano dal Forno, who studied under Giuseppe, could not disagree as to the undeniable importance of the singular offers that once emanated from the cellars of Quintarelli.
Among the most unique offers to be introduced to the world of wine was Giuseppe – “Beppe” – Quintarelli’s Cabernet Franc and Cabernet concoction known as Alzero. Produced similarly as his Amarone wines – in a style known as appassimento – Beppe offered the adventurous-minded a barrique-aged wine to rival the finest wines of Bordeaux and beyond. By drying the grapes similarly as one would prior to vinifying an Amarone, Quintarelli combined the old and new world concepts of vinification, which resulted in one of the most intensely flavorful and complex wines ever bottled.
Further towards his goal of defining perfection in the Veneto, Beppe was a staunch proponent of miniscule yields – a practice not overlooked for his Cabernet plantings. Debuting his offering of the Alzero in 1982, Beppe would establish his own parameters for what would eventually be called the “Cheval Blanc of Italy” through his own vision of blending, aging and barrel time. While the predominant variety for his Alzero began as Cabernet Franc, in certain vintages – customary for Beppe – higher percentages of Cabernet could be incorporated. And as per usual for the maestro, the amount of aging time, as well the release date for any given vintage was strictly a decision left to one man – Giuseppe.
We are proud to have for our clients the most recent release of this most stunning offering from the family of Quintarelli. Best described similarly as Galloni did when summarizing the essence of the great 1990 version of Alzero: “imagine Cheval Blanc (1) picked at even higher sugars than it was in a great vintage like 1990 or 1982, (2) given more aging before release, and (3) bottled with no fining or filtration…”, we feel confident that the few bottles you secure today will be some of the most treasured in your collection.
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