Querciabella, Chianti Classico 2017 Bottle size: 750mlItaly, Tuscany
'The 2017 Chianti Classico is bright, floral and beautifully lifted, with lovely red berry and rose petal character. Pliant and supple, with terrific balance, the Querciabella 2017 is one of the more refined, restrained Chianti Classicos readers will come across in this vintage, with Radda very much driving the personality of the wine in its aromatic and red fruit profile. The 2017 finishes with terrific energy and nuance. This is the second vintage in which most of the wine was aged predominantly in 500L barrels and 30HL casks. Drinking window 2019 - 2032.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 92/100 (Aug 2019)
'Established by Giuseppe Castiglioni in 1974 with one single hectare of vines, Querciabella now boasts 69 hectares throughout Chianti Classico and is in the hands of Giuseppe's son Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. A strict vegan, Sebastiano has eliminated the use of animal-based products in the vineyard and cellar. Gorgeous freshness here both on the nose and palate. Aromas of pepper, sage blossom, and lavender lead to a mouthful of red currants. Full-bodied but balanced in its proportioned, this is light on its feet with plenty of vitality. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030.' – Michaela Morris, Decanter, 91/100 (Feb 2020)
'A classic style of Chianti produced with 100% Sangiovese. It is light and fresh, but packed with flavour and depth, grippy tannins. Drink now or hold for up to a decade!' – Roland Peens (Oct 2020)
|Technical analysis||TA: 6.12 g/L | PH: 3.6|
|Blend information||100% Sangiovese|
|Winemaker||Guido De Santi and Manfred Ing|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||The story of Querciabella began in 1974 when Giuseppe 'Pepito' Castiglioni purchased a single hectare of vineyards on a Tuscan hillside. He was an industrial entrepreneur by trade but his dreams and passions were in producing wine. In the mid-1990s Pepito's son, Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, took over the vineyards and took Querciabella's reputation to new heights. He saw to it that Querciabella was one of the first wineries in Italy to convert to organic viticulture and was a pioneer in his biodynamic approach. Sebastiano's passion for animal rights also led to the vegan certification of Querciabella. Today Querciabella's vineyards span more than 100 hectares, located in Chianti Classico and Maremma and are planted with all the grape varieties that Pepito only dreamed of when purchasing that first hectare of vineyards.|
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