Querciabella’s flagship, Camartina, is one of a handful of history-making wines that dramatically elevated the standing and prestige of Italian wine on the world stage. This critically acclaimed Super Tuscan is only produced in optimal vintages, while small batch micro-vinification and an extremely limited bottling guarantee hand-crafted excellence. This silky smooth expression of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese embodies Querciabella’s quest for finesse, balance and sheer drinkability.
The vineyards where the grapes for Camartina are grown have been organically farmed since 1988, and then fully converted to biodynamic techniques in 2000. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed, not crushed, then transferred into five-ton French oak fermenters. Afterwards, the wine spends (élevage) one year in French barriques (30% new oak). The wines are released no later than 30 months after harvest, the estate ages the wine so you don't have to!
Tasting notes: The wine is driven by rich red fruits and silky tannins with compliments of fein herbs, cocoa bean, and orange zest. Camartina displays depth and personality highlighted by an elegant and everlasting finish. This rich and layered Super Tuscan captures the pinnacle of Tuscany with complexity and harmony.
The 2008 Camartina (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese) comes across as rather understated in this vintage. Dark fruit, spices, leather and tobacco are some of the aromas and flavors that take shape in the glass. Mineral notes appear later to frame the long, vibrant finish. The 2008 shows lovely balance in a relatively subdued style for this wine. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
It’s not exactly as though Querciabella needed to re-invent itself, the wines had been outstanding for years, but that is exactly what is happening at this historic estate in Greve. Full credit must go to proprietor Sebastiano Castiglioni for his vision, unwavering commitment to quality and hiring of Luca Currado of Vietti to oversee the project. Querciabella recently completed the acquisition of additional vineyards in Castellina, which now gives the estate land in three different villages within Chianti Classico. The new vines are part of a project underway to make a series of single-vineyard Sangioveses from the estate’s top vineyards. Within Querciabella itself, the flagship Camartina is increasingly a vehicle for Sangiovese, which frees up the Merlot for the Palafreno. It is truly impressive to see what Castiglione and Currado have managed to achieve in just a few years, especially considering the last two vintages have not been among the most favorable. ~93RP
A wine with a meaty, spicy, dried berry, and cedar character. Full and chewy. This is very powerful, but a little rustic too. Made from organic grapes. Give it three to four years of bottle age. ~93JS
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