L’Arco Rosso del Veronese 2020

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“The 2020 Rosso del Veronese is wickedly fresh, wafting up with a bouquet of dusty roses, exotic spices, crushed stone and leather. This is sleek and energetic, with silken textures and crisp red and blue fruits that cascade across the palate. Violet inner florals form toward the close. This finishes remarkably zesty, with a vivid raspberry concentration and a gentle fug of sublet tannins. Quite lovely, the Rosso del Veronese is made with all fresh grapes and is a blend of 80% Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara and 20% Sangiovese. Drinking window: 2024-2029. 91 points

The tasting at L’Arco included both new releases and a very rare look back into library vintages of Rubeo, an appassimento-driven blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 15% Molinara. In last year’s article, I explained Luca Fedrigo’s very close ties to Quintarelli and how he has chosen to uphold those teachings to the letter. The wines possess that same magic and soulfulness that make Quintarelli an icon to this day. As such, they also require similar attention. For instance, Fedrigo clarified that the wines are best opened no less than eight hours prior to tasting, if not the night before. This visit was particularly interesting, as I recalled the first time I tasted these wines, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, which we revisited. I still have a 2003 L’Arco Amarone in my cellar, waiting for a special occasion. The new releases show the same energy, verve and depth of fruit that I’ve come to know from these wines. However, Fedrigo decided not to bottle his 2018 Amarone in response to the year’s conditions, a choice I wish more producers had made. That said, both the Rubeo and Pario from the vintage are both terrific, just more immediate. As for 2019, my interests are truly piqued after tasting the Pario, a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. It’s a serious wine that will require patience.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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