Querceto 2018 Chianti

When I first was looking to work for a winestore, the owner asked me several questions. Coming from the teaching world I was super nervous about his interview questions. "What is the main grape used in chianti?" I had no idea. "Cabernet Sauvignon?", I tentatively replied. "Sangiovese", was his correction. I was embarrassed then, but now I'm mortified. I guess I was cute enough, because he hired me!

Anyway, years and lots of wine later, I find myself writing a review on the Querceto Chianti. A great Chianti that I've been in love with for a couple years. Now chianti's can be hit or miss with me, but I really like this producer and prefer this value Chianti to many other higher priced chiantis or reserves. I've always found this chianti to be very interesting and earthier than a lot of others.

Chianti is a wine from Tuscany made from mostly made of the Sangiovese grape. Other grapes used can be the indigenous grapes of Canaiolo, Colorino, Ciliegiolo, Mammolo, as well as international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.

The Castello di Querceto 2018 Chianti has at least 75% Sangiovese, but the rest of the blend is known only to the winemaker. This wine is estate bottled, which means all the grapes are grown and produced to a fine wine on site. This all adds up to a very hand-on approach, which we know means quality in the wine world.

The cote of arms for this 5th generation winery also has a unicorn that shows legacy and guardianship of the land is important to this family from way back. There's no oak aging on this chianti, so it keeps the freshness and tartness readily available to the drinker. Some of it's bigger brothers have more oak and can be aged longer, however this is a great chianti that you can have sit around for 3-5 years after release. (Released in Spring 2019)

The look of this wine is a bright ruby with some hints of brick color. The wine is clear and has little rim variation. The legs are moderately fast forming and descending so noting that this wine is of medium alcohol, 12.5 % abv.

The smell reminds me of softly cooked fruit like strawberry jam followed promtely by cherry/eucalyptus cough drops, and like all good chianti's there's a whiff of clay and dusty dark fruits. The smell opens up into violet, button mushroom, thyme, and some balsamic vinegar.

The taste is of fresh raspberry and black cherry, cooked cranberry, sage, and black pepper. The tannins are medium to light. There is also high acidity and no oak aging to tone that freshness/tartness down, making this a great food wine for tomato and fatty dishes.

The finish elongates and is a good 9 seconds long. The finish starts off with those fresh fruits, moves into the floral realm, and ends with herbal and peppery notes.

Overall, I'm still impressed with this winery, and its base chianti like I was years ago. This chianti retails at 11.99, and you can find it at Waterfront Wine and Spirits.

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