Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2008

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

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Item No. 106476
  • ST88
  • RP88
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

Brilliant ruby red with a delicate and appealing bouquet. Dry and balanced, with a soft and elegant body. Pair with red meat dishes and cheese.

Alessandro François based the philosophy of his company on the production of some particular selections coming from a deep study of the vineyards properties. His aim is to raise the characteristics and the potentialities of the different grape varieties cultivated in different conditions. Following the philosophy of Alessandro François, the yield of production is limited, it goes from 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectar for the Chianti Classico and from 35 to 40 hectolitres per hectar for the crus.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Chianti Classico Querceto is an attractive, mid-weight Chianti with plenty of bright Sangiovese red fruit and lovely overall balance. The fruit turns a touch darker and richer as the wine sits in the glass, but this remains a fresh, vinous Chianti best enjoyed in its youth."
88 Points

"Bright red. Reticent aromas of redcurrant, cardamom and lily. Enters vibrant and fresh... flavors of redcurrant, dark cherry and minerals. The tannins are ripe but today this finishes a bit chunky; seems to need another year in the bottle to develop further complexity."
88 Points

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Rating:
(2/1/2012)
A bit thin with a sour ending. Moderately improved on second day, but will not reorder.
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Learn About Castello di Querceto Map ItMap It

The François family, which settled in Tuscany in the 18th century, has owned the Castello di Querceto estate since 1897. Of French origin, the family has produced such illustrious personalities as Giuseppe François, a noted mathematician, and Alessandro, an expert on archaeology and the discoverer of important Etruscan works like the celebrated François Vase, which is now preserved...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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