Querciabella 2016 Chianti Classico

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Querciabella has high altitude vineyards in Greve in Chianti, producing some of the most nervous and elegant wines in Chianti. This is a masterclass in finesse. Perfumed, complex and crisp

"Querciabella, a great Chianti estate, was founded in 1974, but already its wines are some of the finest Tuscany has to offer. The estate has been biodynamic since 200. This 2016, aged in French oak, with wood smoke, leather and black cherry spice, is a revelation."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, 4th July 2020

Who?
Querciabella was founded by Giuseppe Castiglione in the 1970s with a single hectare of vines. The estate is now much larger but remains the same philosophy of excellence. The estate is now run by Giuseppe's son Sebastiano in collaboration with winemaker South African-born winemaker Manfred Ing

Where?
The vineyards are largely located in Greve in Chianti, right where the two provinces of Siena and Florence meet, up on hillsides on cooler sites. There are further parcels for their Chianti located in Gaiole and Radda in Chianti. Elsewhere, there are vineyards on the Tuscan Coast where they make their Mongrana and Turpino wines. Their white wine Batar is grown on the highest elevated sites in Greve, in spots that are too cool to properly ripen Sangiovese.

Why?
Querciabella is certified organic, practising biodynamic and vegan. Aside from their admirable ethical stance the wines are among the most elegant and ageworthy in Chianti Classico. Although they grow international varieties for their Super Tuscan wines, Batar, Palafreno and Camartina, this historic estate is firmly rooted in their origin and produces properly authentic wines, that we at Noble Grape admire very much

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The Wine Region

Tuscany

Tuscany is the region of Italy that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards.

It occupies much of Central Italy with a Tyrrhenian coast to the west and the Apennines to the east, it has both Mediterranean and continental climates.

The story of Tuscany begins with its major black variety, Sangiovese, one of the most planted varieties in Italy, but here is its ancestral and spiritual home. Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and various other DOC/Gs and 100% of Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino.

Chianti Classico is the region between Florence and Siena and has been systematically polluted with foreign varieties such as Cabernet, Syrah and, God forbid, Merlot.

Now, we are seeing a return to more traditional blends as producers are gradually moving away from the Super Tuscan movement of the 1980s & 1990s.

In Montalcino, where only Sangiovese is permitted, producers have also shunned the illicit use of foreign varieties and the wines have never been better because of it. Helped out by a good run of vintages, as well.

Elsewhere, there are still gems to be discovered. San Gimignano is home to the only major DOCG for white wines, yet its planting of its traditional variety, Vernaccia di San Gimignano are on the wane, but not at Castello di Montaùto who still champion this variety.

The Tuscan Coast is still the hotbed for innovation, unlike other bits of Tuscany it is the international varieties that thrive and make the best wines, with the occasional exception

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