Painting With a Light Stoke

Tony Wood passionately explores the world of Italian wine through his renowned website of over 35 years.

With unparalleled expertise, he intricately narrates the history, culture, and craftsmanship embedded within each bottle. From the sun-soaked landscapes of Tuscany to Sicily’s hidden treasures, Wood leads readers on an enchanting journey through Italy’s diverse winemaking regions, inviting them to relish every moment.

At Querciabella, we deeply appreciate Tony Wood’s profound admiration for our wines. His discerning palate and insightful commentary resonate with our winemaking ethos—dedicated to excellence, sustainability, and authentic terroir expression. Wood’s reviews elegantly capture the nuances of our Chianti Classico and Super Tuscan offerings, reflecting the meticulous craftsmanship and passion poured into every bottle. We are honored to be part of Wood’s exploration of Italian wines and eagerly anticipate sharing our forthcoming vintages with him and all discerning enthusiasts.


Gran Selezione 2019 · 98/100
“Pale purple in colour. Lifted aromatics of red florals, cherry, mint and orange peel. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, sweet tobacco, cedar shavings, liquorice and slate. On entry, silky tannins encircle fresh ripe fruit. Exceptional finesse. Plump and juicy. Aromatic delineation and nuance carries on from start to finish. Creamy. Standout wine. Loiters on the close.” —TW


Gran Selezione 2018 · 98/100
“Translucent pink in colour with bright ruby red highlights. Aromatics of violet, hyacinth and gardenia florals. Redcurrant, white cherry, loganberry, damp earth, bay leaf, oaky vanilla and orange peel. On the palate the wine takes its time, following air intake it opens up, the breadth of flavour is mesmerising. Graceful and subtle. Finely grained tannins vie with fresh mellow acidic nuances. Body sculpted by school of Michelangelo. Sangiovese on another level. Paints the entire palate with a light stroke. Outstanding.” —TW


Gran Selezione 2017 · 97/100
“Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of dark blue florals, tangerine zest and tea tree. Blackberry, blueberry, damson, dark plum, pomegranate, orange peel, blonde tobacco, grilled rosemary and sage, distant spice and liquorice. Cool entry from a hot vintage. Agile and juicy. A beguiling act of balance. On the close : sea shore ozone minerality kicks in. Seamless and unwavering linearity. All this from 2017 vintage! Impressive.” —TW


Riserva 2016 · 96+/100
“Medium ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Aromatic profile containing violet florals with orange peel and sweet tobacco. Blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry, balsamic notes and mocha. Rich an inviting. Great weight. Expands on the palate at the speed of light. Secondary nuances of raspberry and mild sweet spice. Fruit quality is top notch.Tannins have dissolved into the wine. Acidic energy still present. Broad long finish.”  —TW


Riserva 2019 · 93–95/100
“Medium purple in colour. Delicate aromatics of violet and bluebell florals with assistance from red berry fruit. Red cherry, raspberry, blood orange, balsam, grilled herbs, mint and distant mellow spice. Medium bodied. Deeply textured. Citrusy character. Fresh with drive. Edgy. Crunchy and blended tannins. Vivid acidity. Medium length on the finish. Needs bottle time.”  —TW


Querciabella 2020 · 91–93/100
“Pale purple in colour. Aromas of spring cut flowers, orange zest and mint. Bing cherry, boysenberry, redcurrant, floral underbrush, grilled Mediterranean herbs, roast meat and graphite. Silky entry. Light in texture. Juicy. Freshness that assists suppleness. Still showing a little tension. Savoury. Clean and fresh mouthfeel.” —TW


Camartina 2019 · 94–96/100
“Beneath a fragrant canopy lies dark fruits, alongside leather, Mocha, spiced orange peel and blonde tobacco. Entry shows a silky, medium weighted, lightly textured wine with ultra fine tannins. Broad and linear. Still in its hobbledehoy stage. The Cabernet Sauvignon has so much to give over time. Even in youth showing harmony and balance. Striking character. Further nuances of blue florals, mint and dried red cherry. Persistent from the opening statement. Impressive.” —TW


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