|Chianti Classico region|
|Marco Fizialetti ~ Castello di Querceto|
I sampled wines from their Castello di Querceto line, which exclusively comes from the estate's vineyards. They also had wines under the Querceto brand which are bottled in Greve, but the grapes are sourced outside the Chianti Classico region so therefore they have to labeled an IGT. I enjoyed their Chianti Classico Riserva, but when I got to their single vineyards and cru wines, including all their Super Tuscans, it was a whole other tasting. I started with La Corte, their Super Tuscan from a specific 5 acres in Greve. It is 100% Sangiovese that had nice body and balance to it being aged 12 months in barriques and at least 6 months in the bottle. Then I moved on to two of their best wines in my opinion, 2007 Il Querciolaia, their Super Tuscan made of 65% Sangiovese and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18-20 months in barriques and at least 6 months in bottles, and lastly 2008 Il Sole di Alessandro, their other Super Tuscan produced 100% from Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20-24 months in barriques and also at least 6 months in bottles. These wines had such complexity, depth and structure and the finish just lingered for enjoyment throughout my conversation with Marco.
For winemaking that has really only begun within the last 100 years, this estate has such fantastic wines, especially the Super Tuscans. I would highly recommend splurging and enjoying one of these bottles mentioned above for a special occasion. Although in my opinion any time you open a bottle such as these, that is the special occasion. More to come from that night......