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Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2019

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Fresh, delicate and appealing nose with a dry, balanced flavor. Elegant body and strong finish.

Pairs well with red meats and cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 93
James Suckling
The brightness and clarity here is impressive, with aromas of black cherries and fresh flowers that follow through to a medium to full body, firm and linear tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. Very typical and focused. Drink or hold.
V 90

The 2019 Chianti Classico is supple, polished and engaging, all of which make it a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Succulent dark cherry fruit, leather, spice, tobacco and mocha open effortlessly as this racy Chianti Classico shows off its considerable charms.

D 89
In the northeastern reaches of the Greve commune, Castello di Querceto uses exclusively native Tuscan grapes its Chianti Classico range. The annata sees Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, Mammolo and Ciliegiolo playing a supporting role to Sangiovese. Quite dark and brooding, the 2019 is quietly intriguing, hinting at leather, iron, spice and liquorice. The palate is slightly more giving with a youthful plumpness to the fruit, though still wrapped up in its structure of grainy tannins. This has tons of the vintage’s zippy acidity.
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Castello di Querceto, Italy
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The François family, which settled in Tuscany in the 18th century, has owned the Castello di Querceto estate since 1897. Of French origin, the family has produced such illustrious personalities as Giuseppe François, a noted mathematician, and Alessandro, an expert on archaeology and the discoverer of important Etruscan works like the celebrated François Vase, which is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum in Florence. Castello di Querceto and the land surrounding it are fascinating places steeped in history. In the past, the castle, erected as a lookout point on the Via Cassia Imperiale, one of the principal arteries of the Roman period, helped to defend the immediate area. Today, encircled by the green of the forests and the hills, it seems as if it had been constructed purposely to protect the invaluable heritage of its vineyards and olive orchards. Vines and olives grow on both sides of the valley of the Dudda, from the Sugame Pass and, beyond Dudda, toward Lucolena and Mount San Michele, which reaches a height of 400 to 500 meters (1,312-1,640 feet).
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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.

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