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Expert Picks: Quintarelli and Antinori

Posted on | June 3, 2015 | Written by Will Di Nunzio | No Comments

will expertThis past Friday night I had the great pleasure of opening some amazing bottles of wine for some friends in town from Virginia. Having perfectly stored wines with perfect provenance that we can take our time to open and enjoy is what IWM is all about. Francesco Vigorito and I saw fit to assemble a beautiful line-up, and among the chosen wines were two truly beautiful bottles: Quintarelli Amarone 2004 and Antinori Tignanello 1982. You’d expect the ‘04 Amarone to be amazing, which it was, but the unexpected surprise was the Tignanello.

Giuseppe Quintarelli 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella $399

Veneto – Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

This 2004 was absolutely mind-blowing. Every time I open one these bottles, I discover that it’s always better than the last. At this point, the only vintage that the ’04 Amarone has yet to beat is the 2000 Selezione Riserva, which remains my favorite. This silky smooth ‘04 had nice power and will age for a long time. Rich, intense fruit, fantastically layers, and a mesmerizing blue fruited nose made this wine a terrific complement to my favorite dessert, Parmiggiano Reggiano with honey drizzle and homemade chocolate biscotti. Wow, what an amazing wine!

Antinori 1982 Tignanello $275

Toscana – Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

This was a truly unexpectedly delicious bottle of Tignanello. I was not expecting this wine to be so on point, but it was perfectly balanced with mature, elegant fruit. An incredible nose of leather and dried fruit, with fresh earthy tones led to a delicate palate that coats your mouth with fine tannins and then finishes cleanly and beautifully. All you need here are some meats and hard cheeses, and you’re in for one of the best treats you’ll have in a long time. This Tignanello was a show-stopper.


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