G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2012
Agree on color, cherries, roses, liquorice and tobacco, but perhaps not as regards the accessibility….
Brilliant ruby color. Notes of cherry, roses, and kernels of cherries in alcohol, dark fruits, licorice and violet merge with shades of citrus and mint. On the palate, graceful and silky tannins and a perfect aromatic balance. Well balanced with a long finish of fresh and delicate spices.
Offers classic aromas of rose, cherry and tar, with hints of licorice and spice. As this plays out, a tobacco element comes to the fore, along with leafy, eucalyptus and mineral details. Very fresh and balanced, if tannic on the finish for now. Best from 2020 through 2035.
Ripe berry, violet, aromatic herb and cake spice aromas lift out of the glass. Structured and elegant, the palate delivers fleshy Morello cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco and licorice alongside firm, polished tannins. It’s already delicious and accessible. Best 2017–2022.
The great Giuseppe Quintarelli..
As the largest produced wine in the Veneto region, Giuseppe Quintarelli is known for its near-mythical Amarone and its even sweeter Recioto. When wine lovers hear the name, Quintarelli, Amarone is often what first comes to mind. While there are many other fine producers of Amarone, Giuseppe Quintarelli certainly sets the standard.
1998 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. Defines a mature Amarone — perfect concentration, intense with superb balance.
Although Giuseppe Quintarelli passed away in 2012, his passion for winemaking lives on in the hands of his wife and children. The Quintarelli estate proudly maintains the traditions and protocols established by Giuseppe which he learned from his father and grandfather. Giuseppe Quintarelli practices a rigorous grape selection and only releases its wines to market when they meet a high set of expectations. The Quintarelli family does not even have a sign at the entrance to their estate. Yet, despite having never done any promotion, Quintarelli wines remain one of the most sought-after wines in all Italy.
1995 Guiseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico. Mature, elegant, raisiny, full bodied — the definition of a perfect Recioto.