Color: deep and well balanced ruby red
Bouquet: compound and elegant
Flavor: dry, sensual with great character
Wine Spectator 92 points - Offers plenty of richness and character, showing intense toasty oak, fresh herbs and dried fruits. Pretty length and flavor mark the finish. Pure Sangiovese Grosso. Best from 2010 through 2015. 750 cases made.-JS
(Aug 31 2010)
Vinous 91 points - The 2006 La Corte is a single-vineyard Sangiovese. It shows the darker side of the grape in its black fruit and imposing, powerful personality. The tannins bruise the palate from start to finish in this intense, full throttle wine. Ultimately, I find a little less finesse here than in some of the estate’s other wines.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2006 La Corte is a single-vineyard Sangiovese. It shows the darker side of the grape in its black fruit and imposing, powerful personality. The tannins bruise the palate from start to finish in this intense, full throttle wine. Ultimately, I find a little less finesse here than in some of the estate’s other wines. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. (Aug 2011)
Description: On the original "Super Tuscans", produced from the single vineyard "La Corte". Full, powerful and robust with lingering finish. Limited production in exceptional years
|Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Prod. & Vin.: Temperature controlled in stainless steel for 16-18 days
Aging: 3-4 years; 10-12 months in barrels - Troncais, Allier, Limousin
|Pairing: Demands roasted or grilled beef
|Castello di Querceto and the lands surrounding it are places full of history and atmosphere.
Once the castle rose in a strategic and defensive position like a sentinel on the "Via Cassia Imperiale”, one of the main roman roads built by the Emperor Adriano in the 123 a.C.
Nowadays it protects the treasure of its vineyards and olive-groves which spread along the valley of Dudda from "Passo del Sugame”, and, after Dudda, towards Lucolena and "Monte San Michele”.
The castle dates back to the Lombardic time and it still preserves the medieval shape with a long "L” body and the tower with the Guelph battlement in the middle of the front.
It was built in the XVI century a.C. after the destruction of the previous building, burnt and sacked during one of the several local wars at the end of the XV century. Also the houses surrounding the castle and the boundary walls were dismantled. Only the side of the wall dominating the valley remained and it is still there supporting the new building.
During the construction the castle was owned by the Canigiani family, later it was bought by the Pitti, and remained for a long time their country residence.