January 1, 2018, Antonio Galloni
“The 2014 Batàr, Querciabella’s Chardonnay/Pinot Bianco blend, comes across as a bit light in this vintage. The flavors are bright, lifted and nicely articulated throughout, with plenty of citrus and white flower notes. I find the mid-palate somewhat lacking in depth today, which also results in the oak standing out, even though the 2014 only saw about 15% new barrels. I would be tempted to see if the 2014 fleshes out with more time, as it had been in bottle for only a month or so at the time of this tasting. To be sure, Batàr is much more shy as a young wine than it used to be back in the years when lees stirring and a higher percentage of new oak played a greater role in the wine’s feel.”
September 30, 2017, Bruce Sanderson
“Starts out reserved, revealing white peach, apple and spice flavors, gaining steam and fleshing out as this comes together on the finish. Shows fine harmony, intensity and length. Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Drink now through 2024.”
Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas, Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.
Batàr originates on vines that grow in the two soil types found on the hilltop of Ruffoli: argillaceous matrix and sandstone at approximately 350 meters, and marly schist and slate at approximately 600 meters. The vineyards from which Batàr is obtained have been cultivated organically since 1988, and in 2000 underwent a full conversion to biodynamic techniques.
Grapes are harvested by hand in 9-kilogram crates. Once alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are complete, Batàr continues to mature in the same barriques on its own yeast for nine months. Bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, is carried out weekly. Fine and extra fine-grained French oak Burgundy barriques (228 liters) are used, 20% of which are new.
Vineyards include Casaocci Sud and Il Pallonaio for chardonnay. Vigna del Dottore, La Lama, Il Bosco, La Collina, Vigna Chiara and Vigna il Diavolo for pinot blanc.
The 2014 harvest resulted in beautifully aromatic wines, with a fine balance beween freshness and fruit depth.
Enjoyable upon release, though it is recommended to wait four years after harvest for more complex notes to emerge. This wine continues to develop and evolve for over 20 years. The ideal serving temperature is 43° to 47°F.
Varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Blanc
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 5.17 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 2, 2014
Harvest End Date: September 16, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $90.00