Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2010 Chianti Classico Querciabella represents a big change in direction from Querciabella, as it is the first vintage to be made entirely from Sangiovese, including fruit from recently acquired vineyards in Radda. Sweet roses, red cherries and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2010 is really mostly about textural finesse. Floral notes reappear on the refined, understated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. (Jun 2012)
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Wine maker notes
The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards,
and harvested in 8 kilo crates. They are destemmed,
they are not crushed, then 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 cepages.
After completing a full malolactic fermentation, the
wine is transferred into barriques. The oak is 100%
French, and comes from Allier, Chatillon, Nevers,
and Troncais. It is 10% new and 90% one year old
or two year old for the Sangiovese. It is 80% new
for the other cepages. The various cepages undergo
separate elevage. The wine is regularly racked and
tasted during the whole barrel maturation, which may
last up to 14 months. At the end of the elevage, the
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
The wine is released around 18 months after
harvest. Depending on the vintage, it may reach its
maturity between 2 and 4 years after harvest.
The plateau lasts at least 10 years after harvest.
Querciabella is bottled and packaged exclusively
in the following formats: 0.750 liter [12 or 6 bottle
cardboard box]; 1.5 liter [1 bottle wooden case];
3 liter [1 bottle wooden case]; 6 liter [1 bottle
wooden case] are made.
Querciabella is produced without using any animal
products or byproducts. It is therefore suitable for
vegans and vegetarians.
Since chemical–free viticulture was introduced at Querciabella with the conversion to organics in 1988 followed by a transition to biodynamics in 2000, the goal has been to maintain a balanced ecosystem where healthy, living soil provides the highest quality of nourishment to vines, while achieving perfect harmony with the rest of nature.
The winery practices a proprietary farming regime known as cruelty–free biodynamics, which bars the use of animal–derived products from all phases of grape growing and winemaking. This 100% vegan approach to biodynamic viticulture is not only key to producing wines of exquisite quality and marked territoriality, but is also a direct challenge against the industrialized farming establishment – an economic behemoth based on the systematic exploitation of animals, which scientific research shows to have devastating effects on our planet.
Querciabella opposes the use of GMOs, especially in agriculture, given their grievous environmental impact. The winery also rejects artificial manipulation in winemaking, including the practice of reverse osmosis, which compromises the natural chemical composition of wine.
With 74 hectares (183 acres) of prime Chianti Classico vineyards – located in the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Radda and Gaiole – in addition to 32 hectares (79 acres) in Maremma on Tuscany’s unspoiled Etruscan coast, Querciabella’s holdings represent the largest extensions of biodynamically farmed (certified organic) vineyards in Italy, contributing extraordinary biodiversity to local and surrounding ecosystems and serving as a sanctuary for thriving numbers of honeybee colonies.