92 Points "The 2013 Batàr is quite beautiful. Lemon oil, white flowers, almonds and a hint of orange peel are laced together in an effortless, gracious white endowed with real personality. This is the first vintage that includes a clone of Pinot Blanc sourced from Henri Gouges in Nuits St. Georges and that also seems to reflect a more polished, refined style. A revisited approach to pruning that allows yields to be naturally a bit higher than in the past and less new oak during aging seem to be paying off. 2015 - 2023."
90 Points "Offers focused aromas of bread dough, beeswax, grilled almond and white peach, with spicy flavors. The oak is toned down and this is vibrant and persistent, showing harmony and a supple texture. The lingering finish suggests lemon cake and baking spice details. Drink now through 2020."
90 Points "A butterly style, with butterscotch, toast and spice details accenting the melon and apple flavors. Stays spicy, echoing the toast note on the lingering finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc."
92 Points "This is always one of the best whites of Tuscany, with a yogurt, apple and dried-pineapple character. Full and rich with beautiful fruit and a lovely texture and tension. Drink now. Made from biodynamic grapes. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco."
93 Points "The 2011 Batar is striking in this vintage. Peach, mint, jasmine, Chamomile, honey and almond notes all flesh out in the glass. Ample, resonant and rich on the palate, the 2011 impresses for its balance, class and harmony. Once again, Batar is one of the most distinctive Tuscan whites. Batar is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc, with the Pinot Blanc adding an element of freshness that was absolutely critical in this precocious vintage. The 2011 will be appealing young, but it is also a wine that ages very well, and I imagine it will be even better in another year or two. The 2011 was fermented in barrel, with some lees stirring, where it spent nine months prior to being racked into cement for blending and bottling."
90 Points “Toasty, displaying vanilla, clove, nutmeg, butterscotch and baked apple flavors. Balanced, this wine is rich in texture, with a long finish."
90 Points "This oak-aged blend of equal parts Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay opens with a beautifully intense bouquet of vanilla bean, peach cobbler and citrus mousse. White almond and toasted spice make for rich accents on the long fresh finish."
91 Points "Aromas similar to pineapple ice cream and apples follow through to a full body, with lots of fruit and firm acidity. Delicious now, but better in 2012. Biodynamically produced."
89 Points "The 2009 Batàr shows good up-front fleshiness in its juicy apricots, peaches and light floral honey although some of the intial depth in the wine tapers off on the finish. Batàr has a track record of developing beautifully in bottle. It will be interesting to see the direction the 2009 takes. Today, it appears a measure of minerality is lacking in comparison to the finest vintages."
90 Points "Tuscan dishes celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients such as fava beans, artichokes, asparagus, zucchini and extra virgin olive oil. This structured white wine offers the richness of texture and aromatic intensity to pair with the best of that culinary tradition."
91 Points "The 2008 Batàr is rather pointed and focused in this vintage, which also happens to be one of the most elegant I can remember. There is wonderful purity and energy in the ripe peach fruit with subtle undertones of flowers, minerals and French oak that add complexity. The oak seems dialed down in 2008 and what comes through is the exceptional beauty of fruit planted on these high-altitude hillside vineyards. Batàr is 50% Pinot Blanc and 50% Chardonnay aged in French oak barrels, 50% new."
91 Points "The 2008 Batar is rather pointed and focused in this vintage, which also happens to be one of the most elegant I can remember. There is wonderful purity and energy in the ripe peach fruit with subtle undertones of flowers, minerals and French oak that add complexity. The oak seems dialed down in 2008 and what comes through is the exceptional beauty of fruit planted on these high-altitude hillside vineyards."
92 Points "Here is an exceptionally fresh and pristine blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco from a biodynamic vineyard in Tuscany with buoyant aromas of honeysuckle, stone fruit, apricot and white mineral. The wine is crisp, sophisticated and lasts many long minutes in the mouth."
92 points "An intense, minerally nose, with notes of bitter almond, sultana and ripe melon, leads to a full-bodied palate, with rich mineral character and lemony acidity. There's a velvety, almost tannic texture on the long finish. Compact. Powerful and impressive."
91 Points "Querciabella's Batar...is quite possibly the most elegant, refined white being made in Tuscany today. Those qualities are on display in the sublime 2007. Ripe, succulent peaches, apricots, smoke, honey, spices and sweet toasted oak all come together with unusual grace. The oak is especially well-balanced in this vintage. Simply put, the 2007 Batar is a gem."
90 points "The 2006 Batar is one of the small handful of truly distinctive whites being made in Tuscany. This lush, full-bodied wine reveals ripe peaches, cantaloupe, jasmine, honey, spices and toasted oak on a soft-textured, medium-bodied frame. Still quite primary today, it will acquire further nuance and put on weight with further bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016."
90 points "Fresh apple, flower and light toffee aromas follow through to a full body, with a round texture and a long, rich finish. There's loads of fruit and character, yet this is refined."
90 Points "The estate’s barrel-aged 2005 Batar...is consistently one of Italy’s finest whites. The 2005 presents attractive suggestions of jasmine, peaches and sweet tropical fruit on a medium-bodied frame buttressed by a lively note of minerality. While the 2005 is not one of the more opulent Batars, it is nonetheless a very finessed wine that is sure to find many admirers. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017."
92 Points "During a recent visit to the estate I had the opportunity to taste every Batar back to 1995 and there can be no question that in top vintages it is a wine that is capable of developing further complexity with age. The standout of that tasting was the sublime 2004 Batar...which captures the fullest expression of this wine. Endowed with layers of sweet fruit interwoven with mineral and sweet toasted oak notes, it offers outstanding length on the palate in a more full-bodied style than the slender 2005, with notable finesse and terrific overall balance. Although it can be enjoyed today, this wine has a history of filling out its frame with some bottle age. It is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2019."
93 Points "A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese, this elegantly structured wine opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, cedar, leather and a whiff of exotic spice. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, plum, coffee, grilled herb and ground clove alongside firm but polished tannins."
95+ Points "The 2010 Camartina is one of the most beautiful versions of this wine I have tasted in some time. Layered and vibrant on the palate, the 2010 impresses for its finesse and nuance. Freshly cut flowers, mint, dark red berries and graphite all meld together in a wine of exceptional refinement. Today, the aromas and flavors are naturally not fully expressive, but another few years should work wonders. The cool, late-ripening season yielded a Camartina of understated class and pedigree."
94 Points "A powerful red wine with an abundance of berry, dried fruits and hints of vanilla on the nose and palate. Full body, with chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Needs at least two or three years of bottle age to come together. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese."
91 Points "This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese opens with plush layers of cherry and blackberry and touches of spice and toast that are never overdone. In fact, the wine shows power and determination allied to delicacy."
94 Points "This luscious blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese shows bright cherry and blueberry characteristics backed by smooth richness and velvety texture. The wine is soft, dense and delicious overall. It presents a beautiful portrait of Tuscan wine."
92 points "A stylish combination of currant and cassis on the nose, with a hint of rose petal, turning to licorice. Full-bodied, with chewy yet polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Polished and very pretty."
95 points "The estate's 2006 Camartina...is awesome in the way it marries considerable ripeness with a firm, classic sense of structure. Black cherries, minerals, menthol, tar and subtle French oak are some of the nuances that emerge from the 2006 Camartina. This is a decidedly big, powerful Camartina that will require some patience, but all of the ingredients are there for this to be one of the finest versions of this wine ever made."
93 points "Blackberry, blueberry and lavender aromas follow through to a full body, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Polished and beautiful."
91 points "The 2005 Camartina...reveals floral aromatics along with red fruits, tar, licorice, smoke and toasted oak. It possesses outstanding balance...This slender Camartina is likely to offer its best drinking relatively early. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
94 points "Aromas of black current and flowers follow through to a full body, with a solid core of ripe fruit and silky tannins. Long and beautiful. Chewy right now. Solid and long. Needs time. ... Best after 2010."
94 Points "Dark ruby. Intense, enticing aromas of black cherry, plum, menthol, coffee and chocolate. Very smooth and rich on the palate, with rich, deep flavors of spicy plum, raspberry, mint and coffee. The very long, clean and precise finish features very fine, smooth, palate-coating tannins. A real winner!"
95 Points "The estate’s 2004 Camartina is another irresistibly sexy wine. A deeply-colored ruby, it displays captivating aromatics along with notes of blackberries, blueberries, violets and graphite that emerge on its medium-bodied frame. The fine tannins make it a highly enjoyable wine even at this early stage, but my experience suggests that another few years of bottle age are needed for the wine to integrate its oak and express its full range of aromas and flavors. It is a terrific effort from Querciabella....Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."
92 Points "Deep ruby. Floral red cherry, plum and grilled bacon aromas are complicated by a note of black pepper. Rich and suave on the palate, with strong spicy fruit flavors highlighted by mocha and cedar. Almost muscular in its thick, rich fruit, but the tannins are fairly smooth for the vintage. Finishes long and clean."
93 Points "At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the 2003 Camartina is a drop-dead gorgeous effort. Fat, rich and opulent, it will reward consumers with its generous super-ripe fruit, great length and beautiful overall balance. While it doesn’t look to be one of the more long-lived Camartinas, with some air it is drinking beautifully today. It is a very refined effort in this vintage."
90 Points "There's a green peppercorn spice that runs through this wine, lifting the substancial dark fruit, giving it a layered, complex impression. It's a fresh, balanced blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon, with a small percentage of merlot and syrah, well composed for a steak."
91 Points "Attractive coffee, blackberry and tobacco character on the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Beauty. Very well-crafted, especially for the vintage. Best after 2006."
3 glasses / excellen "Yet again, fate brings three more glasses to Querciabella, and once again the laurels go to Camartina, this time the '01. This Sangiovese-cabernet sauvignon Super Tuscan is always a wine of great nobility, with an outstanding personality and sensational allure. Stupendous breadth of aromas permeates the nose, with initial fragrances encompassing cinchona and pencil lead. These then yield to very ripe, but never cooked, fruit, and subtle, well-balanced spice. The attach is firm, yet plush, with a majestic structure and unbelievable density on the palate, concluding with a lift of menthol."
90 Points YEAR'S BEST "Smooth and refined, this includes five percent cabernet sauvignon and is aged mostly in used French barriques. Fresh cherries and herbs give a cool initial impression, with dusty tannins providing texture to the plush fruit. Enjoy this now for the freshness of the fruit and smooth flavors."
92 Points "Aromas of wet soil and berry with hints of cherry and chocolate. Medium body with fine tannins and a lightly chewy finish. A balanced, savory red. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now."
90 Points "A fruit style, this exhibits cherry, raspberry, tobacco and loam flavors. Tightens up on the finish, yet the leafy, tobacco notes persist."
90 Points "Made from grapes grown using biodynamic viticulture practices, this starts off with aromas of un-derbrush, spice and black berries. The juicy palate delivers a solid core of black cherry accented with cooking spices, espresso and toasted notes. Already enjoyable, this will gain complexity over the next few years."
92 Points "There's a purity of fruit here with intense blackberries, blueberries and citrus rind on the nose. Full body, delicate tannins and a long and delicious finish. So savory and beautiful. Made from biodynamically farmed grapes."
91 Points "The 2011 Chianti Classico Querciabella has that extra bit of depth, creaminess and mid-palate pliancy... all while maintaining plenty of brightness, freshness and Sangiovese character. Freshly cut roses, sweet red berries and a hint of spices are woven into the exceptionally elegant, refined finish. Simply put, this is a striking wine from Querciabella."
90 Points “Slightly dark, revealing black cherry, black currant, licorice and mineral flavors. On the savory side, with a long, intense and salty aftertaste."
89 Points "The 2010 Chianti Classico Querciabella is all about elegance and refinement. Nuanced, delicate and perfumed, the 2010 impresses for the purity of its fruit. Round, silky tannins support a fragrant finish laced with crushed flowers, sweet tobacco and licorice. The 2010 is the first vintage here made with 100% Sangiovese. As such, it is a wine of transition, but one that is moving in a positive direction."
91 Points "Delicate and fruity with a blackberry and mineral character. Full body, with firm tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Made from biodynamic grapes."
89 Points "The 2010 Chianti Classico Querciabella represents a big change in direction from Querciabella, as it is the first vintage to be made entirely from Sangiovese, including fruit from recently acquired vineyards in Radda. Sweet roses, red cherries and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2010 is really mostly about textural finesse. Floral notes reappear on the refined, understated finish."
90 Points "A vivid Chianti Classico, with dark cherry, violets and berries on the nose and palate. Fresh finish. Made from Biodynamic grapes."
90 Points "The 2009 Chianti Classico Querciabella floats on the palate with layers of sensual red fruit, flowers and spices. It remains an essentially mid-weight wine graced with exquisite finesse and class, reflecting a stylistic change from some of the bigger vintages of the past. Floral notes reapper on the finish, adding lift and harmony."
90 Points "The 2009 Chianti Classico Querciabella floats on the palate with layers of sensual red fruit, flowers and spices. It remains an essentially mid-weight wine graced with exquisite finesse and class, reflecting a stylistic change from some of the bigger vintages of the past. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift and harmony."
A Great Organically Farmed Wine - "Querciabella's vineyards in Tuscany have been organic since 1988."
90 Points "The 2008 Chianti Classico Querciabella is a very pretty, attractive wine laced with fragrant red fruit. This is a finely knit, small scaled vintage of the Querciabella with beautiful balance and a long, harmonious finish. A beautifully delineated, crystalline finish rounds out this wine that shows the more delicate, Burgundian side of Sangiovese."
"There was the suave 2007 Querciabella Chianti Classico ... from a great modern estate, a wine so rich and so seamless it simply flowed from its beginning to its end."
90 Points "There’s no extraneous tannin to get in the way of the rose scents, the strawberry and musky cherry flavors—just a fine structure and clean, fragrant length of flavor."
90 points "Sweet berry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a clean, caressing finish. Harmonious, with pretty fruit."
90 points "The 2007 Chianti Classico Querciabella is a fragrant, perfumed red. Silky tannins frame a core of cherries, sweet spices and tobacco as this elegant wine opens up in the glass and puts on weight with air. In recent years the Querciabella has established itself as one of Tuscany's top Chianti Classicos, as it is again in 2007."
91 points #81 of Top 100 Wines of 2008, "A rich, round wine, with plum and berry character and soft tannins. Full-bodied, with berry and dark chocolate character and a long finish. Juicy. Outstanding value. Drink now through 2012."
91 points "Gorgeous aromatics waft from the glass as the 2006 Chianti Classico Querciabella ... opens to reveal a super-elegant expression of fresh berries, flowers and tobacco. The plumpness of the fruit makes the wine very appealing today, but there is sufficient tannic clout to suggest at least medium-term aging potential. In recent years Quericabella’s Chianti Classico has established a new benchmark for finessed Chianti made in a contemporary style that nevertheless remains faithful to Sangiovese and the unique qualities of these sites. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021."
3 Stars "...[S]peaks with a clear Chianti Classico voice...Lively and spicy, with lingering flavors of cherries and violets."
Recommended "You can generally expect to pay from $15 to $30 for a very good to excellent Chianti Classico or Chianti Rufina. Keep an eye out for the...elegant 2005 Querciabella Chianti Classico."
91 Points "What a joy it is to taste the 2005 Chianti Classico Querciabella. A model of elegance, it presents a beautiful, lively color along with generous amounts of fruit on a supple frame, with superb length, fine tannins and stunning overall balance. ...It is a superb effort in this difficult vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017."
91 Points "The 2004 Chianti Classico Querciabella is a beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet dark fruit intermingled with subtle licorice, earth and toasted oak notes. Medium in body, it offers outstanding overall balance, an inviting, open personality and sweet, silky tannins to round of the finish, setting a new benchmark for elegance in Chianti Classico. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017."
Color: Deep ruby red; Aroma: Red cherry, woodsy herbs, tobacco; Taste: Juicy black cherry, French oak spice.
5 Stars "A Chianti that packs a punch, full-bodied yet juicy, with excellent fruit and robust tannins to give it grip and complexity."
Wine of the Week "Aged in a combination of new and older French barriques, Querciabella's Chianti Classico is every bit the aristocrat. It has both power and grace, a heady scent of cherries and herbs from the Tuscan hillsides along with soft ripe tannins and a bright acidity that makes it sing with food. Pour it for pasta e fagioli, for pastas with meat ragù, for roast pork loin or chops grilled with rosemary."
89 Points "Though lean and taut, this red stretches cherry, strawberry, earth and spice flavors from beginning to end. A bit jangly on the finish for now, but needs a year or so to settle down. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2015 through 2022."
89 Points "The 2011 Mongrana is an unusually floral, delicate wine from Querciabella's estate vineyards in Maremma, where the wines are usually much more powerful. Dark red cherries, spices, licorice, tobacco and menthol are woven together nicely. This attractive, mid-weight red was aged in cement and neutral oak and is best suited for drinking over the next few years. Best of all, it is a terrific value."
90 Points #80 of WS Top 100 "A ripe red, boasting cherry, cedar and herb flavors matched to a medium-bodied frame. The acidity and tannins are in the correct proportions, offering a lingering finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2015 through 2024."
90 Points Editors' Choice "This is a terrific super Tuscan blend (of 50% Sangiovese with equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) that drinks beautifully. Bright red fruit and cherry give the wine a lively, cheerful personality and the wine’s structure is perfectly balanced and smooth. It’s a one-size-fits-all wine for our favorite Italian foods."
90 Points "It shows admirable concentration and depth of flavor, but also a lot of finesse, as the fruit is fully ripe but still very fresh and pure. Red and black fruit notes are very nicely intertwined with the wine’s acidity and tannin, and oak notes are virtually undetectable, emphasizing the sense of purity that is the wine’s most prominent characteristic."
Wine of the Week "This is Querciabella's first release from its Maremma estate, and a fine effort it is...a beautiful expression of the carefully tended fruit. Enjoy the spicy black cherry, cassis fruit bolstered with trademark Tuscan sangiovese acidity and dusty tannins with a meaty lasagna."
Recommended "Half Sangiovese, with the rest comprising Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, produced by one of the best names in Chianti Classico from its new property in the Maremma near the southern Tuscan coast. A bit rustic at first, with some lingering barnyard hints, but a bit of time - better yet, a brief decanting while you peek under the Christmas tree - smooths it out. Dusty, ribboned cherry, gripping berry and plum, plus licorice and balsam highlights, emerge from the earthy base. Drying tannins give it gusto."
93 Points YEAR'S BEST "Made from merlot and aged in French barriques, about 30 percent new, the 2010 Palafreno unfolds in layers, with cool fruit splashing across the palate followed by fresh tobacco leaf, candied orange and baking spices. It turns more savory on the finish, with notes of soy and black tea, the wine plush and saturated yet elegant in structure."
97 Points "Tightly wound and linear in profile, this red is also rich and focuses its cherry, leather, menthol and mineral flavors with precision and intensity. The dusty tannins flex their muscles on the finish, which is long and fresh, echoing fruit, spice and mineral. Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2035."
94 Points "The 2010 Palafreno is wonderfully polished and vibrant. Firm yet well-integrated tannins provide the backbone for a Merlot endowed with considerable energy. Savory herbs, tobacco and wild flowers all add complexity. The 2010 is first and foremost a wine of Greve. Varietal character is much harder to identify, as the Merlot has now become pretty much domesticated in these pristine, hillside vineyards. Still, there is an attractive, perfumed juiciness to the finish that is a giveaway. Sadly, there will be very little of the 2010 to go around, as most of the harvest was enjoyed by local boars with exceptionally fine taste."
93 Points "A concentrated red, with chocolate, berry and currant character. Full and chewy. Layered and rich. Made from organic grapes."
89 Points "A distinctly dark, masculine wine, the 2010 Turpino stands out for its breadth, intensity and sheer power. Melted road tar, licorice, incense and smoke add considerable gravitas as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2010 is undoubtedly excellent."
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