Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2020
Brilliant ruby red, with soft and elegant texture. Fruity aromas, balanced with herbal notes and a strong finish.
Pair with aged cheeses, roasted lamb & game.
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This shows a darker side of Chianti Classico, with black cherry, blackberry, iron and earth aromas and flavors. Succulent and balanced, with the structure emerging on the lingering aftertaste.
A terrific value proposition, the 2020 Chianti Classico is 92% Sangiovese and 8% complementary indigenous grapes from Greve in Chianti. The fruit comes from across various parcels between 400 and 500 meters in elevation. This sample offers nice intensity and a solid, medium-bodied mouthfeel with sweet fruit, spice, leather and plum. The extra concentration of the vintage is what stands out in this wine.
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.
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.