Upon their official release at Chianti Classico Collection, Querciabella wines wow the International press.
Traditionally, the release of the new vintages of Querciabella Chianti Classico wines coincides with the Consorzio annual anteprima at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. This year’s edition of the Chianti Classico Collection went global, taking place in major cities like London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, and – of course – Florence, allowing the usual crowd of sommeliers, buyers, and critics to taste the new wines despite the current restrictions.
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 and Querciabella Riserva 2017 have received exceptional feedback from the International press thanks to their ability to convey the unique characteristics of our vineyards and the best attributes from each vintage’s climatic conditions.
Michaela Morris · Decanter Magazine
Toronto-based Michaela Morris is a Chianti Classico Ambassador ad Honorem and Decanter Magazine’s contributor for Italy, Michaela Morris. Thanks to the enormous efforts made by the Consorzio Chianti Classico, Morris tasted in Canada more than 170 wines for Decanter’s annual report.
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 · 91/100
Sweet wood nuances lead with cinnamon, clove and a touch of vanilla, eventually ceding to wild cherry and wet soil. On the palate, forest berries are laced with chocolate. The fruit is concentrated and plush with ripe, powdery tannins giving effortless support. This is its usual sophisticated and polished self, with lots of juiciness. —MM
Querciabella Riserva 2017 · 92/100
Sweet spice, sandalwood and ripe red cherry give way to pressed violets and flinty stone. The palate has a sunbaked feel with dry, grainy tannins. Less buttoned up and more wild than usual, it ends on a surprising uplifting and succulent note. —MM
Micheal Godel · WineAlign.com
Micheal Godel is a Principal Critic at WineAlign.com. After a long career in the Toronto hospitality scene, in February 2018, he was appointed by the Consorzio as one of their first recipients of the Ad Honorem title of “Ambasciatore”. With this prestigious resumè and an outstanding 18,000 reviews under his belt, it is no surprise that Micheal’s blog godello.ca is one of the most reputable sources of wine knowledge in and beyond Canada. A longstanding advocate for the official introduction of sub-zones, he has welcomed the decision of the Consorzio to finally allow Additional Geographical Units (Unità Geografiche Aggiuntive or UGA) to appear on labels.
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 · 94/100
The Querciabella richness is foiled but also optimized by a three-part mineral harmony that does not si much cut but adds three district notes to the wine. (…) The high elevation fruit is particularly promising, forging true connectivity with the process. You get it completely, intuit the polish and this Annata just melts straight into inherit structure. —MG
Jamie Goode · Wineanorak.com
Jamie Goode is a UK-based wine writer, lecturer, wine judge, and book author. With a Ph.D. in plant biology, in 2000 he started wineanorak.com, one of the world’s most well-known wine websites. As mentioned in his Chianti Classico report, Goode was particularly impressed by the format of the London tasting and managed to review 46 of the new wines. Both Querciabella wines came out on top in their respective category.
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 · 95/100
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 is fine and expressive on the nose: really focused cherry and plum fruit with fine green notes and lovely aromas. The palate is supremely fresh and balanced with lovely focus to the fresh, elegant red berry fruits, as well as nice herby, slightly spicy complexity. Really bright and expressive. —JG
Querciabella Riserva 2017 · 95/100
This is fresh and focused with amazing balance and presence. Good structure under the fresh berry fruits, with notes of spice, iodine and firm tannins finishing things off. A really stylish wine with nice intensity, but also a sense of freshness and a grippy backbone. —JG
Walter Speller · JancisRobinson.com
Arguably, few wine journalists can vaunt the same amount of knowledge and experience as Walter Speller. A longtime friend of Querciabella, he was one of the first to study and understand the different characteristics that grapes from Greve, Radda and Gaiole bring to the blend that becomes Querciabella Chianti Classico. This year’s report, available on JancisRobinson.com, is another fine study from one of the great wine commentators on Italy.
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 · 17.5/100
Luscious, juicy fruit on the palate and silky tannins that make their mark. Beautiful balance and elegant and concentrated at the same time. Amazing length and focus. —WS
Querciabella Riserva 2017 · 17++/100
Surprisingly tangy on the palate for this hot and torrid vintage and almost a little racy. (…) I have no doubt this will improve and score higher in the future. —WS
Accolades round-up for Querciabella Chianti Classico wines
From the 90+ points received by Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator and Antonio Galloni, to the Decanter World Wine Awards and the first place at the Chianti Classico Trophy by Falstaff, Querciabella 2018 and Querciabella Riserva 2017 have collected an astonishing list of awards and accolades. These achievements are a testimony of all the work and dedication we put into producing complex expressions of Sangiovese that faithfully convey the greatness of our vineyards.