Friday Feature – 3/12/10

Hello and Happy Friday,

As many of you learned last Friday, I have been nominated by Time Out Chicago’s Readers Choice Awards for Best Wine Store. If you haven’t voted for me, the voting ends March 15th at 9 am.

What I didn’t mention last week was that you can also vote via text. It is even simpler, all you have to do is text Wine 5 to 46786. If you prefer to vote the whole list then go to Time Out Chicago and mark your ballot for Perman Wine Selections.

Today’s Friday Feature is going to be very exciting to all my Italian wine fans. While its popularity has gone in waves, Chianti Classico continues to be one of the great expressions of Sangiovese. In the hands of a top producer like Querciabella, it translates everything that is right with wine from Tuscany today.

This is a limited offer, as I snagged some of the last cases of this vintage, so get it before it’s gone!
Have a great weekend,


Modern vs. Traditional. It is one of the most ridiculous arguments in winegeek– dom. I’ve always felt that no matter what, how you judge a wine is about taste, balance, and length.

There is a lot of talk in the world of Sangiovese about these so–called styles. If you had to lump the Querciabella estate of Greve into a category, it would probably be called modern. A walk through the squeaky clean cellars will give you glimpses of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and lots of small French oak barrels.  There is no doubt that the focus of Querciabella is on making technically sound wines.

Then you take a look in the vineyards and realize that this producers does everything you would want as a consumer to make top Chianti Classico. Biodynamic farming, low yields and severe selection.

It’s true that oak can play a major role in how a wine shows and evolves. The small French oak barrels that the wine is racked into after fermentation in tank includes mostly one and two year–old barrels, but also some new oak.

This all leads me back to the beginning. No matter if you are down with the West Coast or East Coast, Tupac or Biggie, or modern rather than traditional, it all comes down to taste. The ’06 Querciabella Chianti Classico is a simply beautiful, aromatic example of Sangiovese. It’s got press, it has street cred, and it is being offered at about $7 per bottle less than normal. This should go quick!

“Gorgeous aromatics waft from the glass as the 2006 Chianti Classico Querciabella (95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) opens to reveal a super–elegant expression of fresh berries, flowers and tobacco. The plumpness of the fruit makes the wine very appealing today, but there is sufficient tannic clout to suggest at least medium–term aging potential. In recent years Quericabella’s Chianti Classico has established a new benchmark for finessed Chianti made in a contemporary style that nevertheless remains faithful to Sangiovese and the unique qualities of these sites. Anticipated maturity: 2009–2021. 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”

This wine normally retails for $32.99 per bottle. So take advantage while it lasts!
$25.99 BTL. / $311.88 CASE – NORMALLY $32.99 PER BTL. – 5 CASES AVAILABLE

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