Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva
February 11, 2018, Michaela Morris
“Like the annata, Querciabella’s Riserva is a blend from their vineyards in Greve, Gaiole and Radda-in-Chianti. However, this is a selection of the best lots, and only 5,000 bottles were produced in 2014. The nose is gorgeous, exhibiting anise, sweet mint, cinnamon and tobacco aromas. Modern yet not overdone, it possesses a lovely texture with powdery tannins and great concentration, while the freshness of the vintage shines through. This has the bones for cellaring.”
A new take on a past tradition, which culminated with the 1999 vintage, Querciabella's Chianti Classico Riserva returns to the Querciabella range with limited bottlings in the best vintages. Following years of steady expansion throughout Chianti Classico, meticulous site selection and a rigorous micro-vinification regime have given rise to Querciabella’s historic Sangiovese project, which has produced a series of outstanding single-vineyard bottlings as well as this Riserva.
The Riserva, a blend of exceptional lots of grapes from the communes of Greve, Radda and Gaiole, is one of the fruits of an unprecedented effort led by Querciabella to identify the finest sub-zones for the cultivation of Sangiovese across the region.
The grapes are picked by hand using 9kg crates. In the cellar, they undergo fermentation in 3-ton French oak casks. After malolactic fermentation, élevage is carried out in French barriques for 16-20 months, 20% new.
No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
The 2014 harvest resulted in beautifully aromatic wines, with a fine balance between freshness and fruit depth.
Enjoyable now. Will reach maturity five to six years after harvest and will continue to evolve for at least another fifteen years. The ideal serving temperature is 57° to 64°F.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Titratable Acidity: 5.90
Harvest Start Date: September 21, 2014
Harvest End Date: October 15, 2014
Aging: 14-16 months in fine to extra fine-grained French oak barrels and tonneaux of which 20% new