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Tue, Apr 30, 2024 10:00AM EDT - Tue, May 7, 2024 08:00PM EDT
  • 1999
  • 750ml
  • Italy
  • Veneto
  • Rare Red and White Blend
  • Red
  • FF1028
  • FF1028
Lot 632

1999 Zyme Harlequin Veneto IGT - 1 bottle(s)-750ml format

Estimate: CAD$500 - CAD$700

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CAD$100,000 CAD$10,000

This lot is comprised of 1 bottle(s) of 1999 Zyme Harlequin Veneto IGT - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $500 - $700 with a reserve of $360. The wine in this lot belongs to collection 11467.


Please note the following bottle conditions in this lot In Neck and Label Condition on 1999 Zyme Harlequin Veneto IGT

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This avid and knowledgeable Edmonton-based collector has been cellaring high quality wines for several decades. The wines were typically purchased in multiple quantities (3, 6, 12 bottles) from trusted local fine wine retail shops but over time were also sourced from the SAQ, LCBO, during US travel, or direct from US wineries. To round out the collection and ‘fill holes’, highly collectable bottles of interest were occasionally purchased at auction in Canada where provenance was assured. The wines are from regions around the world and were stored after purchase in monitored temperature (54-57 °C) and humidity-controlled wine fridges. The size of the collection has grown to a point where, although not initially purchased for resale, the time has come to ‘thin’ out multiple bottle quantities for others to enjoy.

The wine in this lot has a score of 92 from Robert Parker and the following tasting note -The estate’s 1999 Harlequin is remarkably fresh for a wine of its age. Some of the density has receded, but the wine is immensely appealing in its ripe red fruit, tar, licorice and minerals. The wine turns quite a bit more powerful in the glass, with an attractive smokiness that lingers on the close.Proprietor Celestino Gaspari boasts one of the most extensive resumes in Valpolicella. Once widely considered the heir-apparent at Quintarelli, where he worked for a number of years, Gaspari subsequently consulted for a number of local wineries, helping launch some of the most exciting young properties on the scene. More recently Gaspari has scaled back his consulting activities to focus on his own project. The dramatic Zyme cellars are carved out of rock and hold some of the most dramatic wines being made in Veneto today. Zyme is still a young property, and I am curious to see what happens here over the coming years. Gaspari is highly ambitious and technically very proficient, as these wines clearly show. The open question is whether he will allow the wines to express more personality over the coming years. Given his track record elsewhere, there is every reason to think that will indeed be the case. There is a very clear struggle here in trying to acknowledge tradition on one hand, while not being excessively bound by convention on the other hand. As a result, the top wine here is not Amarone, but Harlequin, a blend of various grapes given a short time of air-drying and aged in 100% new French oak. All of these wines required considerable aeration for some of the SO2 to blow off.