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Quintarelli Ca' Del Merlo 2010 Wine Review

Quintarelli Ca' Del Merlo 2010

Quintarelli Ca' Del Merlo 2010

Veneto I.G.T., Italy

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $116.95

Drink: 2019-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Quintarelli

Agent: Prevedello And Mathews

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You can smell the high alcohol on the nose though on the palate it's not evident given the weight and aromatic intensity of this wine. Black cherry liqueur and kirsch with smoke. This is a full-on blockbuster. Pair with brontosaurus burgers and pterodactyl wings. MINE: Quintarelli Rosso Ca' Del Merlo 2009 is a robust, blockbuster red with intense black cherry liqueur on the nose. The wine blend is Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo, Croatina and Sangiovese wine grapes. This wine is named in honour of former winemaker Giuseppe Quintarelli. OTHER: Greg Hughes rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: Quintarelli is legendary for their quality handling of Valpolicella style (using Corvina. Rondinella, Molinara. They also dabble in the IGT category, producing international varietals with the old-school flare and aromatics this house is known for. Often, they focus on mostly Cabernet Franc (which makes me very happy), but also Merlot. Merlot is versatile and moldable. In this case, they essentially repassed it (ripasso) onto Amarone lees. This restarts fermentation to make a big, chunky, bold wine with tons of aromatic character. After that, it is put into large Slavonian oak barrels for seven years! Glass coating and inky garnet. You get whiffs of alcoholic kirsch, blueberry and blackberry preserve, chestnut, and damson. Flavourful, indeed! Rich and velvety. Lots more cherry and chocolate. There is some acidity. Very soft. Plum and licorice on the finish. This is one wine that has to be practically consumed with a fork and knife. Put it with coffee rubbed T-bones or age it for another five years. The legendary Mr. Quintarelli passed away in 2012. Sadly, many of us will never get to meet him, but you can still drink his magic for a few years more. OTHER: The 2010 vintage of the Ripasso-style Ca' del Merlo is composed of 85% Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella with the remaining 15% made up of splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo, Croatina and Sangiovese. Expect mixed fresh and dried berry with complex cocoa, tar and spice notes, and pour alongside grilled or stewed meats topped with shaved truffle, or a selection of your favourite cheeses (Vintages Panel, updated). - Community Wine Reviews

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