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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008
Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008
(search item no. 110307)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The utterly distinctive Chianti Classico from Agricola Querciabella is made from grapes that are carefully selected in the vineyards and harvested in 8-kilo crates. They are destemmed, not crushed, after which they are conveyed into temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, where alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place. Macerations last about 12 days for the Sangiovese and up to 20 days for the other varietal.

After completing a full malolactic fermentation the wine is transferred into barriques. The oak is 100 percent French, and comes from Allier, Châtillon, Nevers, and Tronçais. It is 30 percent new and 70 percent one year old or two year old for the Sangiovese. It is 80 percent new for the other cépages. The various cépages undergo separate élevage. The wine is regularly racked and tasted during the whole barrel maturation, which may last up to 14 months. At the end of the élevage, the best lots are selected through extensive tasting, and they are assembled to create the final blend. After bottling, the wine rests for at least three months before release.

After bottling, the wine rests for at least three months before release. The wine is released around 18 months after harvest. Depending on the vintage, it may reach its maturity between two and four years after harvest. The plateau lasts at least 10 years after harvest.

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About Querciabella:

Querciabella was founded in 1974 by Giuseppe Castiglioni, an avid collector of French wines and the owner of the largest collection of Louis Roederer Cristal throughout Italy. The property is now managed and owned by Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni who carries with him the fundamental philosophy of Querciabella. Cossia Castiglioni remarks “Querciabella is dedicated to producing among the finest Italian wines - as a winemaker and an avid collector, I believe that quality begins in the vineyard and with minimal intervention one can produce a wine that is truly a reflection of its terroir”. Querciabella wines are all estate bottled and made from selected grapes from the Southeast and Southwest facing vineyards located high on the hilltop of Ruffoli in Greve in Chianti.