In recent news from Milan, Querciabella’s 2011 Riserva is making waves in industry circles. The last time Querciabella released a Riserva, it was the 1999 vintage, writes Reva K. Singh. Since then, the estate’s focus has been on harnessing the greatness of the Sangiovese grape through lot-by-lot selection.
In addition, meticulous blending was carried out from various subzones, to produce straight Chianti Classico worthy of the Querciabella name. The new mono-varietal Riserva, an offshoot of Querciabella’s single-vineyard Sangiovese project, and the result of rigorous micro-vinification is an excellent example of the estate’s site-specific handling of grapes in the cellar. Like Camartina and Palafreno, this Riserva represents the pinnacle of Querciabella wines and will be bottled only in the best vintages.
The warm growing season in 2011 produced smaller, more concentrated berries that required the gentlest of winemaking, including shorter pump-overs and lighter punch-downs during fermentation. “The fruit had everything to give in this vintage,” said winemaker Manfred Ing. “We only had to point it in the right direction.”
Italian wine critic, and Gambero Rosso founder, Daniele Cernilli has awarded the 2011 Riserva a stellar 97-point score, hailing it as a great wine, “refined, agile and well-supported by acidity”. Only 10,000 bottles have been released of this unique Sangiovese blend from Querciabella’s top vineyards located in Greve, Radda and Gaiole in Chianti. Due to limited supply, the Riserva will be available in a few select markets outside Italy, and will be sold strictly on allocation.
Distributed in India by Mumbai-based importer, Vishal Kadakia of The Wine Park, Querciabella’s critically acclaimed wines can be found at upscale restaurants, hotels and wine shops in the major cities of India.