Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Querciabella Chianti Classico 2000 Wine Review (NW)

Chocolate, nuts, and cherry on the nose
Dried cherry, leather, and spices on the palate
Nice finish, with some length

This is a special wine for me. I first tasted this along with my wife, PB, and his wife in Florence, Italy. We were in an out-of-the way restaurant at the edge of town and following the proprietor's recommendation, enjoyed every last drop of this Chianti. In the United States, I have only been able to find this label through the Italian Wine Merchant in New York...until recently. I just spotted a couple bottles in a small gourmet market near Boston.

The 2000 in this review was a bottle that sat in my cellar for two years. When PB and company recently visited, I decided it was the perfect time to pop the cork. While the wine is romanticized because of our past experience, it does deliver. Not only is it delicious, it's a great food wine especially with hearty Tuscan fare. I paid $28 for this wine two years ago and it's worth every penny. PB has also recently reviewed this wine in his entry dated January 5, 2006. Raise a glass!


Palette said...

The 2001 is terrific as well. Chadderdon, the importer, however, is dropping this label so if you like it I would purchase as much as possible. There are about 11 cases left in the Chicago market. This is is insider info.....

SCC said...

Thank you for your very kind comments about our wine. While we parted ways with Mr Chadderdon, who nonetheless did an excellent job at representing us for many years, we have no intention to disappear from the US market.
In fact, we are already working very well with a new importer, Maisons Marques & Domains USA (www.mmdusa.net), who are already achieving great results at making our wines more available in the US. Quality is our number one concern, and MMD was the best choice we could ever make. Please, check our recent Chianti Classico 2004 (90 WS) if you have a chance, to keep an eye on our progress. Thanks again,
Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni,
Owner, Agricola Querciabella SpA