Quintarelli Giuseppe Veneto Primofiore Rosso 2017
Earthy, energetic, and velvety, the ’15 Primofiore bursts from the glass in a shower of juicy cherries and berries, fresh loam, warm baking spices, violet petals, and touches of jam, chocolate and herbs. Silky tannins cling to the cheeks, while a sweet inner perfume finds its match in savory elements; a lingering, delicious finish completes the drinking experience. Primofiore is a blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc that come from a 27-acre limestone and basalt vineyard of thirty-year-old vines, and the estate partially dries its Cabernet grapes for added intensity and texture. Primofiore, or "first press," gets the runoff juice from the estate’s Amarone, which adds depth and layers of flavor.
Known as "the Master of the Veneto," Quintarelli makes some of the world’s most sought-after wines, and their releases always create commensurate fervor. Quintarelli’s limited production Amarones, Reciotos, and Valpolicellas are the benchmark for excellence. Their greatness stems from the inherent quality of the terroir and the natural talent of this master, whose concept of vintage standards and strict grape selection rivals the great Chateau of Sauternes. Quintarelli puts his wines on the market when he deems them ready, sometimes cellaring them for decades until the right moment arrives. True thinking wines that slow the pace and teach the drinker to be silent, Quintarelli’s wines are unlike any other in the world.