Sunday 24 February 2019

Fine Wines From Quercia Al Poggio

I was invited by Valid Wines to meet the charming and articulated Paola Bianchi from the Quercia Al Poggio Quercia Al Poggio. We got to taste the following wines at Prinsen.

2015 Chianti Classico
Very, very good a year ago, and even better today. The same sweet/sour cherries, rosemary and Tuscan gravel dominate the nose but there is now also some leathary and cool tobacco notes. Very classic and fine.
The taste is cool, medium bodied and elegant with notes of ripening cherries, dry licorice, violets and herbs. A very fine acidity. Pure and fine. A real bargain at 14 Euro.
91p   (tasted 2019/02)

2016 Chianti Classico
The 2016 is about to be released on the Swedish market. This need some more time in the bottle. Today the 2015 shines more clearly. The nose is light and fresh with notes of ripe red cherries, rubber, earth and herbs. Very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of almond paste, lingonberries, Tuscan gravel and violets. There is a fine warmth in the finish. Very, very good. 4+ years.
88p   (tasted 2019/02)

2011 Chianti Classico Riserva
The Riserva is 100% Sangiovese from a 38 year old vineyard and has lied 30 months on tonneaux before bottling. The 2011 shows of a deep, warm, barnyardy nose with notes of cooked strawberries, sage, moist earth and bonfire smoke. Open for business and wears its heart on its sleeve.
The taste is big and warm with notes of dried up cherry jam, warm tiles, bonfire smoke and pipe tobacco. Rich and fine but a tad loose around the edges for my palate to be great. Very fine with the food though.
88p   (tasted 2019/02)

2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna La Cataste
Ooooh boy, this is a stunner! The nose is deep, refined and racy with notes of sweet/sour cherries, dry licorice, lots of violets, salted bread, ripe flowers and warm rocks. Very, very fine.
The taste is sappy and fresh with notes of hard cherry candy, rhubarb licorice, warm tiles, rosemary and Tuscan gravel. Very long and balanced. Salivating tannins. 5+ years. Great wine. The 2012 is the first vintage of the Gran Selezione but last year I tasted a 1999 from the Le Cataste vineyard.
94p   (tasted 2019/02)

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