Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva
February 2019, Antonio Galloni
“The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is one of the more reticent wines of the vintage. There is good depth and structure in the glass, but the tannins are a bit firm, while the wine is quite unyielding. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 opens up with time in the glass. My impression today is that the tannins may be a bit too big for the wine's mid-weight frame. We will see.”
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. Élevage is carried out in 225-liter French oak barrels and 500-liter tonneaux for 14-16 months, of which 20% are new.
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 wineter 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 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: 5.45 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 12, 2015
Harvest End Date: October 7, 2015
Aging: 14-16 months in fine to extra fine-grained French oak barrels and tonneaux of which 20% new