Querciabella 2010 Camartina
Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas, Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.
The vineyards where the grapes for Camartina are grown have been cultivated organically since 1988, and have been converted to a strict biodynamic standard in 2000. The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards and harvested in 8 kilo crates. They are destemmed, not crushed, and then conveyed into temperature controlled stainless steel vats or, just for the very best parcels, small temperature controlled concrete vats. Here, alcoholic fermentation, maceration and malolactic fermentation take place.
Macerations last about 12 days for the Sangiovese, and up to 20 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Afterwards, the wine is transferred to barriques. The different cépages undergo separate élevage for one year. At this stage, the best lots, selected through extensive tasting, are assembled into the final blend, and they undergo another year of élevage.
The oak is 100% French, and comes from Nevers and Tronçais. It is 80% new and 20% one year old. The wine is regularly racked and tasted during the whole barrel maturation. After bottling the wine rests for about six months before release. The wine is released no sooner than 30 months after harvest. Depending on the vintage, it reaches maturity between four and 7 years after harvest. The plateau lasts until at least 18 years after harvest. Camartina is made and released only if the vintage reaches a very high quality level. Grapes are harvested by hand in 9 kg crates. 20 months in 40% new, fine and extra-fine grained French oak barriques from Tronçais, Nevers and Allier.
Camartina should be served between 59°-64° F (15°-18° C).
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Varietal(s): 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14%
pH Level: 3.73
Number of Cases Produced: 2500 – 4.5 Litre cases