Querciabella 2013 Batàr
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 from which Batàr is obtained have been cultivated organically since 1988, and in 2000 have undergone a full conversion to biodynamic techniques. Once alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are complete, Batàr continues to mature in the same barriques on its own yeast for nine months. Bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, is carried out weekly. Fine and extra fine-grained French oak Burgundy barriques (228 l) are used, 30% new. Tronçais and Vosges.
Considered a ‘classic vintage’ due to harvest taking place at the beginning of October. A very cool wet spring delayed budbreak and was followed by a cool June. A picture-perfect July, August and September saved the year, one that resulted in elegant, fresh wines.
Simply beautiful! Light lemon oil, white flowers, almonds and a hint of orange peel are laced together in an effortless, gracious white endowed with real personality. This is the first vintage that includes a clone of Pinot Blanc sourced from Henri Gouges in Nuits St. Georges and that also seems to reflect a more polished, refined style. A revisited approach to pruning that allows yields to be naturally a bit higher than in the past and less new oak during aging seem to be paying off. Serve at 6°C to 8°C. Yum!
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Varietal(s): 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Blanc
Acidity: 5.03 g/l
pH Level: 3.54
2010 CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCGThe 2010 vintage was marked by erratic springtime weather and significant summer rainfall accompanied by dramatic day and night temperature fluctuations. Grape maturation therefor lasted longer than usual, benefiting from warm and sunny weather conditions in early October. Harvest was done by hand from September 15 to October 20.
2013 Chianti Classico DOCG
Rich cherry flavors are underscored by a firm structure in this intense, powerful red. Tightfisted tannins carry the finish for now, but there is ample sweet fruit and lively acidity for the future. A lovely “semi-modern” Chianti: Pure, dark fruited, with nice notes of warm, red, Tuscan earth. Enough "rusticity" to let you know it's real Chianti, but with plenty of fruit, purity and polish to know that there is a seriously good winemaking team behind it.
This is a delightful food companion for every occasion.