Castello di Querceto Il Querciolaia Colli della Toscana Centrale 2004
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Deep and brilliant ruby red, full-bodied, intense and harmonious. Dry and strong with prolonged impact on the palate.
Food matches: elaborate meat dishes and aged cheeses.
Wine & Spirits - "A blend of sangiovese with cabernet sauvignon (35 percent) from Greve in Chianti, this grows in a ten-acre vineyard that rises to 1,400 feet. The wine has a gentle complexity, its softer tones of mushrooms and forest floor trapped by ferrous tannins, giving it the edge of iron shavings. It opens with air, the fruit fresh and lasting, the flavors expanding as if to predict a long life ahead. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2004 Il Querciolaia (65% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a supremely elegant wine laced with layers of ripe, perfumed fruit earthiness and herbs, all of which are framed by silky, ripe tannins. This polished red offers outstanding balance in a refined, sensual style, even if it is somewhat compact at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022. "
Wine Spectator - "The 2004 Il Querciolaia (65% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a supremely elegant wine laced with layers of ripe, perfumed fruit earthiness and herbs, all of which are framed by silky, ripe tannins. This polished red offers outstanding balance in a refined, sensual style, even if it is somewhat compact at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022. "
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Castello di Querceto Winery
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 in the Archaeological Museum in Florence. Castello di Querceto and the land surrounding it are fascinating places steeped in history. In the past, the castle, erected as a lookout point on the Via Cassia Imperiale, one of the principal arteries of the Roman period, helped to defend the immediate area. Today, encircled by the green of the forests and the hills, it seems as if it had been constructed purposely to protect the invaluable heritage of its vineyards and olive orchards. Vines and olives grow on both sides of the valley of the Dudda, from the Sugame Pass and, beyond Dudda, toward Lucolena and Mount San Michele, which reaches a height of 400 to 500 meters (1,312-1,640 feet). View all Castello di Querceto Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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