The 2002 Rosso del Bepi flows with tons of elegance in its dark red fruit, cocoa, spices, sage, and crushed flowers. This is a beautifully rich, concentrated red with gorgeous length, finessed tannins and superb overall balance. Rosso del Bepi is the label Quintarelli uses for wines that don’t meet his exacting standards for Amarone. While the 2002 Rosso del Bepi doesn’t quite have the requisite richness to be an Amarone, it is a totally compelling, harmonious wine all the same. It is a superb bottle for the dinner table, where its mineral-infused brightness will pair well with food. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022.
Giuseppe Quintarelli remains one of the icons of Italy. The wines are released only when Quintarelli deems them to be ready, not a moment sooner. These two fine bottles will thrill Quintarelli fans, of which I am one. They more than live up to the estate’s vaunted reputation.
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