|The Querciabella estate, with vineyards located in Chianti Classico and the Maremma, has been organic since 1988 and Biodynamic since the year 2000. Sebastiano Cossia Castiglione’s uncompromised pursuit of quality has lead him to a totally natural way of farming and winemaking, paying particular attention to the health of his soil and the environment. He is passionately opposed to animal cruelty, and both of his estates contribute extraordinary holistic biodiversity to their surrounding ecosystems and serve as sanctuaries for thriving colonies of endangered honeybees.
The 2011 Mongrana, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is a beautifully voluptuous and complex wine of grace and elegance. The Maremma is best known for intense wines of power and muscle, and there is no lack of intensity in this richly detailed Tuscan blend. But, Sebastiano prefers a more gentle touch, opting for more elegance than power. The wine is medium bodied and silky textured, and opens with tempting aromas of black cherries, tobacco and brown spices. In the mouth, the flavors are nicely woven with supple tannins and a note of dark chocolate on the long finish. Deliciously drinkable, and a true crowd pleaser. A perfect pair for autumn fare!
- Bart Hopkins, 67Wine Buyer