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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2005
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2005
(search item no. 91778)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $31.99

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
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes 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 for alcoholic fermentation and maceration. Macerations last 12 days for the Sangiovese, and up to 20 days for the other blends.

After completing a full malolactic fermentation the wine is transferred into 100% French oak barrels. The Sangiovese barrels consist of 30% new and 70% one or two year old oak. The other blends' barrels consist of 80% new oak. Barrel maturation lasts up to 14 months and during that time the wine is regularly racked and tasted. At the conclusion of the maturation, the best lots are selected and assembled to create the final blend.

After bottling, the wine rests for at least three months before release. Depending on the vintage year, Chianti Classico reaches maturity between 2 and 4 years after harvest and 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.