2011 Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico

Proprietary Blend - 375ML
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JS 97
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jamessuckling.com, April 2023

A totem of the region, this is a stunning recioto born of six-months appassimento and a decade in barrel. Riffs on Chinotto, alpine spruce, bitter cherry, clove, mahogany and walnut husk, with a waft of something more...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-region Valpolicella
Appellation Classico
Vintage 2011
Size 375ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

The 2011 Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico is a captivating and exquisite wine that showcases the exceptional craftsmanship and expertise of one of the most renowned producers in the Veneto region of Italy. This red wine, made from a proprietary blend, is a true masterpiece that exemplifies the quintessential characteristics of Valpolicella.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep, vibrant red color that is both alluring and inviting. The nose is greeted with a symphony of aromas that dance harmoniously. Notes of Chinotto, alpine spruce, bitter cherry, clove, mahogany, and walnut husk intertwine, creating a tapestry of scents that captivate the senses. As the wine opens up, a hint of something more exotic akin to incense and Chinese medicine cabinet emerges, adding a layer of complexity and intrigue.

On the palate, this Recioto della Valpolicella Classico is a revelation. The texture is velvety and luxurious, enveloping the mouth with a rich and full-bodied presence. The tannins are finely integrated, providing structure and balance to the wine. Despite its opulence, the finish is surprisingly dry in feel, leaving a sooty and almost gritty sensation that is both memorable and captivating.

Rated an impressive 97 points by James Suckling, this wine is a true gem that deserves recognition. It is a totem of the region, representing the pinnacle of winemaking excellence. With a six-month appassimento process and a decade of aging in barrel, this wine is a testament to patience and dedication. Each sip is a journey, revealing new nuances and complexities with every fresh taste.

The 2011 Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further development. It is a compelling and captivating experience that will leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast fortunate enough to savor its delights.