Quintarelli Rosso Ca del Merlo 2000
Bastianich & Lynch (Vino Italiano Buying Guide): Giuseppe Quintarelli is an elder statesman in the Valpolicella zone, and a mythic figure among winemakers and consumers alike. His wines... are unadorned expressions of old-vine fruit from high-altitude vineyards outside Negrar. (2008)
Had the opportunity to do a vertical tasting the other night. Tasted this vintage, the 1999, the 1994 and the 1992, as well. This particular vintage retails for about $25 less than the 1992, and in my mind is superior. Lush, well-structured, amazing finish and simply extraordinary for the price. Bought six bottles at $46 retail from E. 48th Street Market in Dunwoody, Ga., which has Atlanta's finest selection of Italian wines.