Italy, Veneto, Negrar
Rosso Ca del Merlo - the brother of the Valpolicella Classico Superiore of Quintarelli - made the same way - 50/50 fresh grapes and dried grapes (appassimento) then re-fermented on the gross lees of the Amarone, a process that they call Ripasso. The wine comes from their beautiful vineyards on basalt and limestone slopes, harvested for ripeness and acidity with the utmost care and precision given to every step of the complicated winemaking process. This is one of the difficult to find wines from Quintarelli's range, they don't make very much of this and only a small portion is destined for Asia. A combination of richness and density, but like all Quintarelli's wines, never heavy. The fruit is darker than it's Valpolicella sibling and show the tannic grip of the Cabernets. It has fruit, of course, particularly black plums, prunes, maybe a touch of black olive, but the nose and palate are complex with notes of forest floor, roses, tobacco, and minerals.