Querciabella Chianti Classico DOCG
October 18, 2018, Bruce Sanderson
“Rich, round and expressive, featuring black cherry, black currant, earth and iron aromas and flavors. The pure fruit notes are offset by distinctly Tuscan accents, with a hint of herbs on the finish. Fine balance. Best from 2020 through 2032. 2,250 cases imported.”
95 Points, World Wine Awards Platinum Medal
February 9, 2018, Susan Hulme MW
“The 2015 is 100% Sangiovese, and represents a giant leap forward in quality for Querciabella - partly the result of the coming-of-age of their plant-based biodynamic viticulture which commenced in 2010. They also benefitted from a near-perfect growing season in 2015, and the result is a wine of wonderful purity showing clearly delineated aromas of focussed, bright cherry with a hint of leafy freshness, spearmint, raspberries, cream and cinnamon. The palate is beautifully poised, with harmonious tannins, perfectly ripe fruit and bright acidity.”
January 1, 2018, Antonio Galloni
“The 2015 Chianti Classico, 100% Sangiovese, is all class. The flavors are vibrant and lively, with plenty of bright red cherry and strawberry character. This is an especially understated, finessed wine for the year. The Chianti Classico is a blend of approximately 40% Greve, 40% Gaiole and 20% Radda fruit. All the elements come together beautifully.”
The Wine Advocate
October 31, 2017, Monica Larner
“The 2015 Chianti Classico Querciabella adopts a soft and creamy style that adds momentum to the bouquet and palate. The quality of fruit is soft and enriched with deep cherry, chocolate and toasted espresso. It is an oak-driven wine for sure, but the deep inner ripeness of the fruit harvested in 2015 is more than enough to even things out and give balance. This Chianti Classico should pair seamlessly with your favorite Italian regional dishes. Some 100,000 bottles were produced.”
October 20, 2017, James Suckling
“What a sexy nose of red cherries, black fruit, minerals, slate, dried herbs, orange rind and hints of cedar. Full body, fine tannins and a dusty finish. So succulent. Drink now and enjoy. Made from organic grapes.”
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.
Grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards, and harvested by hand into 8kg crates. They are destemmed, never crushed, then conveyed into temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, where alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place. Maceration lasts about 12 days. After completing full malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred into barriques and tonneaux.
The oak is 100% French (5% new; remainder consists of second and third-fill barrels). The wine is regularly racked and tasted during the entire maturation period, which may last up to 14 months. At the end of the élevage, the best lots are selected through extensive tasting and assembled to create the final blend. After bottling, the wine rests for at least three months before release.
No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Ample rain and cool temperatures in the winter were followed by dry, perfect Spring conditions which lead to even bud burst throughout the valley. Summer was dry with sporadic rainfall. Heat spike early in the summer kept bunches small resulting in a lower yield and beautiful fruit concentration with lively acidity.
Enjoyable now. Will reach maturity four to five years after harvest and will continue to evolve for at least another ten years.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14%
Titratable Acidity: 5.25 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 12, 2015
Harvest End Date: October 7, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $33.00