Produced from the single vineyard "Il Picchio", which means woodpecker. Delightfully dry and expertly balanced. Limited production in exceptional year.
Color: deep and brilliant ruby red
Bouquet: delicate, elegant and harmonious
Flavor: dry, remarkable body with great character.
"The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Picchio is a serious step up from the preceding wines in this lineup. This single-vineyard selection emerges from the glass with an intense, virtually opaque color and masses of dark, sumptuous fruit. The explosiveness of the fruit saturates the palate, but there is enough acidity from the Sangiovese to lend drive and focus to the finish. Smoke, new leather and licorice add the final layers of complexity to this dark, brooding Riserva. This is a beautiful effort from Castello di Querceto. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.
The Wine Advocate
Splendid. Decanted for an hour and it was everything I like in a Chianti. As the night went on, it kept developing. Wish I bought more.