January 1, 2018, Antonio Galloni
“The terrific 2013 Palafreno, 100% Merlot, is pliant, supple and super-expressive. Plum, black cherry, menthol, licorice, spice and dried flowers add aromatic nuance. Silky tannins wrap around the creamy, inviting finish. This fruit was picked during the last week of September, which is very much on the late side for the Merlot at Querciabella.”
#41 on Top 100 Italian Wines
December 4, 2017, James Suckling
August 28, 2017, James Suckling
“Beautifully ripe mulberries take center stage as well as freshly picked brambleberries, plums and so much orange rind. Bursting with blue fruit and acidity, the palate is full and well structured, culminating in a long, juicy finish. Merlot magic. Easily the best ever. Drink now and delight in this. 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.
Palafreno comes from the Cipresso and Marrone vineyards which have been cultivated organically since 1988, and in 2000 underwent a full conversion to biodynamic practices.
Élevage lasts 18 months in 25% new, fine and extra-fine grained French oak barriques.
The growing season included a cool spring with abundant rainfall, followed by moderate summer heat and warm autumn temperatures, allowing grapes to ripen gradually through the end of October. This extended, more 'traditional' hang time, compared to recent vintages, produced harmonious and balanced wines.
Enjoyable now and will continue to evolve for over 15 years. Best served between 64°- 68°F.
Varietals: 100% Merlot
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 6.11 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 18, 2013
Soil Composition: Loose schistous skeletal soil with minimal clay
Suggested Retail Price: $189.00