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1997 Giuseppe Quintarelli Cabernet Alzero

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • Italy
  • Veneto
  • Veneto IGT
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • Rosengoo Likes this wine: 99 points

    October 18, 2019 - This was poured with minimal decanting at a local Italian restaurant and it was spectacular. The colour on this was mid deep purple with a nose of dark berries. When tasting this I was completely thrown off guard by the sweetness of this. It was almost like a mild version of Port with a ton of dark berries, some prunes and a hint of cherry flavours. The tannins and acidity were certainly there but not overly strong and this wine had a very long finish to it. I would not have ever guessed this to be a Cabernet Franc based wine and this was certainly in my top 3 bottles that I have had this year. Just spectacular!

  • rexmerlot wrote: 90 points

    September 1, 2019 - Wow now this was a surprise. Not sure what I was expecting but given its age of 22 yrs I figured it would show those classic leather and tobacco notes. Nope. If someone told me I was drinking a young amarone or a port I would not have been surprised. Notes of blackberry, tar, some pencil shaving and vanilla. Dry, med+ body, med acidity, smooth tannins. Quite an experience.

  • Mchiarot wrote:

    August 26, 2018 - Simply spectacular. Cherries, prunes, forest floor, resin, tobacco, tar, asphalt. Long finish...... very long. This wine evolved over the course of an hour. 97pts. Ready now, but can go longer, probably much longer.

  • burlingtonm Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 6, 2018 - The highlight of a tasting of Amarones from Quintarelli, Dal Forno and Tomasso. Certainly sweet and intense but so well balanced with freshness, vigour and a long finish

  • Rezy13 Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 17, 2015 - Super ripe and medicinal this doesn't really show Cab Franc character, more in line with an Amarone there is a lot of herbs and very ripe fruit; palate shows some raisin, great acid, subtle structure, higher alcohol though holds it well, red and darker fruit profile, finish literally lasts for minutes, one of the longest wines I've ever had; really takes me back to Verona; don't expect Cheval Blanc because this is a big wine not for the faint of heart, some really sweet fruit and a good bit of residual; this wine reminds me of the people that love Campari and Aperol so much.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring the Best of Northern Italy (Oct 2007) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Giuseppe Quintarelli
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Cabernet Alzero
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Veneto
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Veneto IGT

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  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 542 (69%)
  • Consumed 234 (30%)

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