| Wine Spectator 88 points (Dec 31 2011)
A rich, fluid red, embedded with cherry, herb and mineral flavors. Ripe and balanced, with moderate length. For enjoying on the early side. Drink now through 2016. 2,700 cases imported.-BS
Vinous 89 points (Sep 2012)
Red-ruby. Bright, enticing aromas of cherry, balsamic dark chocolate, tobacco and flint on the complex nose. Deep and sweet on entry, offering ripe flavors of dark cherry, licorice and herbs, then moderately deep in the middle. Finishes with notes of bitter chocolate and herbs. Probably best today on the perfumed nose. Needs time.
-- Ian D’Agata
Wine Advocate 90 points (Aug 2011)
The 2009 Chianti Classico Querciabella floats on the palate with layers of sensual red fruit, flowers and spices. It remains an essentially mid-weight wine graced with exquisite finesse and class, reflecting a stylistic change from some of the bigger vintages of the past. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift and harmony. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards,
and harvested in 8 kilo crates. They are destemmed,
they are not crushed, then they are conveyed into
temperature controlled stainless steel vats, where
alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place.
Macerations last about 12 days for the Sangiovese,
and up to 20 days for the other cepages.
After completing a full malolactic fermentation, the
wine is transferred into barriques. The oak is 100%
French, and comes from Allier, Chatillon, Nevers,
and Troncais. It is 10% new and 90% one year old
or two year old for the Sangiovese. It is 80% new
for the other cepages. The various cepages undergo
separate elevage. The wine is regularly racked and
tasted during the whole barrel maturation, which may
last up to 14 months. At the end of the elevage, the
the best lots are selected through extensive tasting,
and they are assembled to create the final blend.
After bottling, the wine rests for at least three months
The wine is released around 18 months after
harvest. Depending on the vintage, it may reach its
maturity between 2 and 4 years after harvest.
The plateau lasts at least 10 years after harvest.
Querciabella is bottled and packaged exclusively
in the following formats: 0.750 liter [12 or 6 bottle
cardboard box]; 1.5 liter [1 bottle wooden case];
3 liter [1 bottle wooden case]; 6 liter [1 bottle
wooden case] are made.
Querciabella is produced without using any animal
products or byproducts. It is therefore suitable for
vegans and vegetarians.