It’s a happy day when the stars align and we find a wine that ticks as many boxes as these cases of Querciabella Camartina 2004. Coming from Querciabella’s own cellars, this wine has been aged under optimal conditions for the past 17 years.
Since the 1970s, Querciabella has been quietly going about becoming one of Italy’s benchmark producers and today they farm over 100 hectares using 100% biodynamic practices. Sebastiano Castiglioni – son of founder Giuseppe Castiglioni – converted the estate to organic viticulture in 1988, making Querciabella one of the first wineries in Italy to employ this practice. Under his leadership, Querciabella became known as one of Italy’s best and most innovative wine producers by the turn of the 20th century.
Antonio Galloni has long been a fan of the Castiglioni family’s work saying “Querciabella stands head and shoulders above any other estate in Chianti Classico. It’s as simple as that”.
Camartina is Querciabella’s flagship red, and was one of the first ‘Super Tuscans’ with its first vintage in 1981. It is only produced in the best vintages, utilising small-batch micro-vinification and extremely limited bottling to guarantee hand-crafted excellence. Gentle, but precise fermentation management in French oak allows for beautiful integration of tannins and textural development. After maturation, only the very best lots are selected for the final blend.
Antonio Galloni describes this 2004 Camartina as an, “irresistibly sexy wine… a terrific effort from Querciabella”, awarding a well-deserved 95 points.
These perfectly mature cases will be arriving later this year and, now sitting comfortably in its drinking window, this Super Tuscan can be enjoyed today, without having to wait.
Querciabella Camartina 2004
£450 per case 6 IB
95 Points | Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (2007)
The estate’s 2004 Camartina is another irresistibly sexy wine. A deeply-colored ruby, it displays captivating aromatics along with notes of blackberries, blueberries, violets and graphite that emerge on its medium-bodied frame. The fine tannins make it a highly enjoyable wine even at this early stage, but my experience suggests that another few years of bottle age are needed for the wine to integrate its oak and express its full range of aromas and flavors. It is a terrific effort from Querciabella. This blend of 50% Sangiovese, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot and Syrah aged in 100% French oak (Allier, Nevers and Troncais) of which 80% was new.
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