Castello di Querceto "Cignale" Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2011 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [RP 92]

Castello di Querceto "Cignale" Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2011
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [RP 92]

Regular price $85.00 Sale price $56.97 Save $28.03

JS95 RP92
Notes from the Winemaker:

Deep crimson with garnet reflections, ample and elegant bouquet; extract-loaded, powerful, round, rich and well balanced on the palate, with a magnitude that speaks of the unique terroir; extremely persistent.

Food Pairings: Structured, rich dishes, red meat and game.
Serving Suggestions: Best uncorked at least 2 hours beforehand, and served at 18-20° C (64.4-68° F)
Cellar Life: Over 20 years

Vineyard location: Ponticini-La Sorgente, close to Greve in Chianti
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon + 10% Merlot

Maceration on the skins for approx. 20 days at c. 28° C (82.4° F); undergoes full malolactic, 6 rackings over the first 12 months, and élevage in new and 12-month-old French barriques for about 20 to 24 months. After a further year, it is clarified and unfiltered at bottling, then bottle-ages a minimum of 6 months. Altogether, the wine is not released until 3 to 4 years from harvest date.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Very floral and beautiful with hints of dark fruit, blackcurrants and dried flowers such as violets. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Lots of dried citrus undertones. A little hard but very impressive. A standard-bearer for Super Tuscans. It's a cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend. Better in 2017." (Aug 2015)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"As always, the 2011 Cignale is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot (aged for 24 months in oak). The wine represents a joint venture between vintner Alessandro François and importer Neil Empson, and it has brought lots of attention to Castello di Querceto over the years. This edition shows dark cherry and dark fruit layers with generous spice, cinnamon and grilled herb. There's a sudden point of sour cherry followed by sharp tannic firmness. This wine needs to flesh out further." - Monica Larner (29th Oct 2015)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"A big, ripe wine, the 2011 Cignale is endowed with tons of depth and overall intensity. The flavors are bold throughout, with plenty of dark fruit, spice, mocha and new oak that add raciness. The 2011 needs to be opened at least an hour in advance to allow the aromatics to find their focus." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2016)