Querciabella Chianti Classico Magnum 1.5ltr
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PRODUCER: Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for its exquisite range of biodynamic wines. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. Thanks to Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni’s vision and leadership, Querciabella exemplifies the preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.
WINEMAKING: Grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards, and harvested by hand into 8 kilo crates. They are destemmed, never crushed, and then conveyed into temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, where alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place. Maceration lasts about 12 days. After completing full malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred into barriques and tonneaux. The oak is 100% French (5% new; remainder consists of second and third-fill barrels). The wine is regularly racked and tasted during the entire maturation period, which may last up to 14 months. At the end of the élevage, the best lots are selected through extensive tasting and assembled to create the final blend. After bottling, the wine rests for at least three months before release.
TASTING NOTE: This is a ripe yet elegant wine with an attractive, fleshy concentration and sweet-scented fruit. Its depth is lifted by crunchy cherry acidity; tell-tale Sangiovese spice and a streak of grippy minerality add layers of complexity to what is a very complete wine.