Querciabella "Turpino" Rosso Toscana IGT 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [VM 93] [JS 92]

Querciabella "Turpino" Rosso Toscana IGT 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [VM 93] [JS 92]

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About This Wine:
Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas, Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking. 

Turpino is Maremma’s rise to the Super Tuscan challenge, a voluptuous blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot finely crafted by Querciabella.

The first Turpino bottling was made in 2007 (but never released), initially using Maremma-borne fruit with the addition of some grapes usually destined for our top cuvées from Chianti. It was with the inaugural vintage of 2010 – and what a great year that was! – that the coastal character of Turpino started to reveal fully. Only five great vintages have been released so far, all met with great reception, and Turpino 2017 doesn’t fall short of its predecessors.

James Suckling praises it for its ripe flavours as well as its firm texture. According to Antonio Galloni, the poise and fine frame of the 2017 vintage are surprising, given the personality of the year. Fermentation in wooden vats and barrel ageing confers a gentleness to the spicy balsamic notes of the grape blend, a fine frame and a beguiling length of finish.

Elegance and finesse trump muscle in Turpino, a wine that is always nicely light on its feet. With tangy acidity to balance the ripe fruit, it manages to be both generous and restrained at the same time, making it a great food-friendly wine.

No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.


After gentle destemming, the grapes are transferred into three and five-ton oak fermenters, where they undergo a brief period of cold maceration in preparation for a slow and natural fermentation process – which is prompted by the presence of ambient (indigenous) yeast – under carefully monitored, temperature-controlled conditions. The completion of primary fermentation leads to a phase of post-fermentation maceration, during which daily tastings serve to track tannin development and stability.

The wine is then separated from the skins by draining the tank by means of gravity flow. Only the resulting ‘free run’ is used when the wine is racked into barrels (French; 225-liter; 20% new oak; tight grain for cabernet franc; tight-to-medium grain for syrah and merlot). Full malolactic fermentation occurs in the barriques followed by 16 months of élevage. Finally, the blend is made and moved into cement tanks for an integration period of 6 to 8 months before bottling. 

No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

Harvest Notes

Ample rain and cool temperatures in the wineter were followed by dry, perfect spring conditions which lead to even bud burst throughout the valley. Summer was dry with sporadic rainfall. Heat spike early in the summer kept bunches small, resulting in a lower yield and beautiful fruit concentration with lively acidity.

Food Pairing

The ideal serving temperature is 59-64°F. 


Varietals: Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot

Wine Alcohol: 14%

Titratable Acidity: 5.20 g/L

pH: 3.60

New Oak: 16 months in 20% new fine and extra-fine grained French oak barriques

Cases Produced: 4,000 bottles


Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2015 Turpino, from Querciabella's vineyards in Maremma, is soft and caressing, not to mention incredibly delicious. Gracious and super-expressive, Turpino brings together Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot in a stylish, gracious wine that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. It is another impeccable wine from Querciabella. (Drink between 2019-2027)" - Antonio Galloni (2/19)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"A firm and very silky wine with beautiful, blueberry, violet and lavender aromas and flavors. Medium body, integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet franc, syrah and merlot. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (7/18)