2016 MONTE SANTOCCIO AMARONE
2016 MONTE SANTOCCIO AMARONE – Breakout Wine From Quintarelli Disciple
Clean, intense and complex aroma or blackberries, plum and cherries jam, balsamic notes and very long finish. Offers up a gorgeous array of crushed flowers, red berries and sweet spices in an ethereal style. The wine has awesome grace and impeccable balance and in the glass acquires superb richness and concentration.
What is Amarone?? Amarone are unique wines because of how they are made. After the grapes are harvested, they are placed in special Drying boxes and spend normally about 60 to 90 days drying prior to press. Much of the water has been removed from the grape (Picture) and what is left is almost a thick syrup from which the wines are made. The result are wines of huge richness and concentration, tremendous aging potential and the great ones are some of the finest red wines made in the world today.
Do yourself a favor and get this wine. We got a shipment in February and customers have been begging for more ever since. This is our Fall allocation and that’s it for the year. Only 15 cases available.
This is one of the greatest wines I have tasted this year. The power, concentration and depth combined with length, elegance and grace are spectacular in this wine. As good as Amarone gets and offers real value. I taste thousands of wines throughout the year. This is a great discovery. The father of Amarone is Giuseppe Quintarelli and is responsible for some of the highest quality wines ever made from Italy. His wine, when available, cost $500 plus for his Amarone. Unfortunately Mr. Quintarelli recently passed away, the future of who will make his wines is uncertain but time will tell. Before his death Quintarelli took on a disciple Nicola Ferrari, who spent years working side by side with Quintarelli learning his secrets, that it is essential to control every part of the wine making process and the vineyards. Nicola decided to strike out on his own purchasing three hectares in Fumane. I can tell you his Amarone is every bit as good as Quintarelli but at a seventh of the price, $500 plus verse $69.99. The “London Telegraph” recently commented “Judging by the two wines I have tasted, Nicola Ferrari is an eloquent successor to his master. I’ve tried a number of Quintarelli Amarone in the last three years, including lately and I don’t think they’re better. Honestly.”
I have just received a little more of Nicola’s 2016 Monte Santoccio Amarone to offer. The wine is absolutely insanely good. Some of you might have tasted it and know how good it is. This is your last shot at the wine. Benchmark quality without the price tag.