Castello di Querceto "Cignale" Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 94] [WA 93] [WS 90]

Castello di Querceto "Cignale" Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2013
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 94] [WA 93] [WS 90]

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About the Wine:
Cignale was created in 1980, when Neil and Maria Empson decided to make their own Super Tuscan along with Alessandro Sandro Franois and his wife, Antonietta, who own a historic estate in northeastern Chianti Classico one of the regions finest sites, in Greve in Chianti.

A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a touch of Merlot from vineyards located at an altitude of 490-520 meters (1,610-1,710 feet) above sea level, with south/southeastern exposure. Maceration on the skins lasts 20 days at 28 C (82.4 F). The wine ages in barrique for 20-24 months, followed by at least six months in bottle.

The name comes from an unfortunate mishap just before one of the very first harvests, the entire crop was wiped out by wild boars. A legendary event for the team, the wine was named Cignale, which means wild boar in the Tuscan dialect. Maria Gemma Empson designed the label.

Cignale enjoys a long cellar life, even up to 20 years.

Tasting Notes:
Very floral and beautiful with hints of dark fruit, black currant and dried flowers, such as violets. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Lots of dried citrus undertones.

Food Pairing:
Pairs well with roasted or grilled red meats and game dishes.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A big and ripe red with chocolate, coffee bean, toasted oak and a ripe fruit. Full body, layered and juicy. An intense wine. Better in 2019 when it softens."

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Based on Cabernet Sauvignon (with a smaller part Merlot), the 2013 Cignale is a shapely and opulent red wine from one of the most beautiful corners of Tuscany. The wine's appearance is inky and richly saturated with a velvety black appearance. The bouquet is almost over the top with ripe and thickly extracted aromas of blackberry marmalade and prune. The finish delivers firm structure and sweet flavors of baking and exotic spice. This is the proverbial big boy wine that ages in French oak for 24 months."

90 Points - Wine Spectator:
"At or close to peaking, this red displays fading cherry and plum fruit, complemented by leather, mushroom, woodsy and spice aromas and flavors. Still firm, with a lingering aftertaste and plenty to give. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made, 300 cases imported."