It is impossible to speak about Quintarelli without superlatives. The name itself stands for so much: the family, the wines, a style, a tradition, a way of doing things. After all the time, effort, patience, and care that go into the making of a bottle of Quintarelli, it truly does mean so much more than wine. Giuseppe, fondly known as “Bepi” to those closest to him, was a perfectionist in every way. From the beautiful handwritten labels, to the best possible quality cork, to the exquisite wine in the bottles, the Quintarelli name is a stamp of authenticity and the ultimate indication of an artisanal, handmade, uncompromising wine of the highest quality.
Nothing is ever hurried at Quintarelli. The wines take their time and are given the time they need. In the still, quiet calm of the family cellars above the town of Negrar, along the winding via del Cerè, deep in the Valpolicella zone, the wine from the family’s hillside vineyards ages patiently and gracefully in large casks until it is ready. Every release is a masterpiece, a testament to time, tradition, skill, and passion, the creations of a master artisan. You can’t really compare these wines to any other in the region, or anywhere else in the world. They really are in a class and a category all their own.
Multiple passages through the vineyards produce a myriad of wines, many produced using the appassimento technique whereby the grapes are dried on rush mats before being pressed and made into wine. From the delicious and seductive Bianco Secco, to the benchmark Valpolicella that created a revolution in the thinking about what it was possible to produce in this region, to the Rosso del Bepi and Amarones produced according to the quality of the harvest, to the otherworldly Recioto and the exceedingly rare Bandito, the sheer artistry and depth of the range is truly exceptional. A bottle of Quintarelli never disappoints!
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 its most 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. It offers versatility at the table with Italian cuisine, and also suggested as a special occasion aperitif. The 2017 Bianco Secco Ca' del Merlo is a seductive blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Bianco, Chardonnay, and Saorin with an average vine age of 30 years. This white is deceptively full yet delightfully crisp with notes of jasmine blossom, white peach, and golden delicious apples. Beyond this lies an incredible honeyed minerality and a lingering acidity that just goes on and on. It offers enough character to stand up to just about anything, making it a natural partner to winter dishes of pan-seared or fried white meat, hearty bean stews and rich risottos.