Querciabella Mongrana in Maremma
January 1, 2018, Antonio Galloni
“The 2014 Mongrana, Querciabella’s Sangiovese-based red blend from Maremma, is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years. Although a bit slender, in the style of the year, the 2014 has lovely perfume and brightness, but a bit less in the way of textural depth. Production was done a whopping 75%.”
August 28, 2017, James Suckling
“Plenty of rich plums, iodine and some lighter elements of herbs, red cherries, spices and tobacco. Full body, firm tannins and a chewy yet fresh finish. Delicious. Blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet. Drink now. Made from organic grapes.”
July 31, 2017, Bruce Sanderson
“This red is slightly tart, offering sour cherry, currant and earth notes. Elegant, with mineral and graphite accents that extend on the long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.”
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.
Mongrana comes from the Banditella, Podere Harras and Sugherettaia vineyards and has been biodynamically grown since inception. The first vintage was 2005. The soil is a mixture of silt and alluvial sand, with areas of gravel and surface pebbles that can be traced back to the Pleistocene.
In the cellar, they undergo fermentation in stainless steel vats. After malolactic fermentation, the wine undergoes élevage both in stainless steel and cement until it is blended to be bottled.
Despite the difficult grape growing conditions associated with the 2014 vintage, a very selective harvest resulted in an excellent Mongrana with beautiful lifted aromatics and a fine balance between freshness and fruit depth.
The ideal serving temperature is 57° to 64°F. Recommended to drink young, though this wine will continue to develop and mature for at least ten years.
Varietals: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 4, 2014
Harvest End Date: September 23, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $23.99