1995 Giuseppe Quintarelli "Alzero" Cabernet Franc Veneto

SKU #1143411 94 points Vinous

 The 1995 Alzero (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot) was deep, rich and concentrated in its blackberries, cassis and grilled herbs. The sheer opulence of the finest vintages was missing, but it was nevertheless a beautiful wine to enjoy with our cheese course. (AG)  (5/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This is like Vintage Port. Black color, with amazing aromas of blackberries and minerals. Full-bodied and off-dry, with masses of fruit and soft, round tannins. A weird and wonderful Cabernet Franc! Great with cheese, but would work with game...Best after 2004. (JS, Web-2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Veneto. Dry start and then sweet. Very dark with sweetness the dominant feature.  (5/2010)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.