1998 Giuseppi Quintarelli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (RT 96) A modest 16.5% alcohol provides a slightly more subtle profile than the Bussola. Showing a slight bit more age with its ruby garnet hue, but still dark and dense, refined focused aromas of late Fall emerge with a blanket of sous bois (forest floor), dried smoky berries, charcuterie, and damp earth creating a centerstage on which subtle late harvest notes play in the background. The palate is exceptionally pure and finessed, balanced with an alluring fruit component that’s accented with mineral notes, sweet ripe tannins and a long, long finish. A gorgeous, traditionally crafted Amarone from the acknowledged master, powerful, yet sublime. Magnificent at age 21, this is just now moving into its peak drinking window. Drink now-2042+