Ripe, rich and decadent, the ’96 Alzero reveals layer after layer of notes–succulent red and blue fruits, warm cigar wrapper, worn saddle leather, baking spices, melted dark chocolate, and kisses of tea, umami and underbrush. This wine oozes across the palate with copious dry extract, silky tannins, and a thrumming mineral core that adds intensity to its powerful, lasting finish. Just as Quintarelli uses the appassimento technique to make its Amarone, Quintarelli treats Alzero’s grapes–a blend of old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot–the same way, drying the grapes in single layers upon straw or plastic mats for 60 to 100 days to concentrate and intensify the flavor before pressing. Alzero is the sole Quintarelli wine that matures in barriques, where it ages first for two or three years in French oak, followed by four years in Slavonian oak.
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.