Castello di Querceto
This winery is famous for its Chianti Classico made of Tuscan variety Sangiovese, perhaps with addition of other local varieties. Cignale (boar), is the name of the wines that is one of the flagships of this family cellar. Namely, the owner Alessandro Francois decided to give this name to the wine after boars destroyed all grapes from his best vineyards of La Sorgente and Il Ponticini. Many will remember this wine as a “Super Tuscan”, which is a name usual for the most distinguished and most serious wines from this Italian region.
Cignale is produced from 90 percent of Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 percent of Merlot. The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards on somewhat higher altitude than we might expect, namely between 490 and 520 meters, giving the grapes collecting sugar during hot summer days the cool nights thus giving it sufficient acidity. Cignale aged between 20 and 24 months in barrique, and for six more months in a bottle.
The annual production is between 12,000 and 20,000 bottles, and in Croatia you can buy it in Vrutak wine boutique. Castello di Querceto annually produces more than 1,4 million bottles of wine, 90 percent of which is exported. Such is the demand for Tuscan wines, especially Super Tuscans.
Boar has a deep, ruby red hue. Despite 13 percent of alcohol by volume, its freshness and airiness will surprise you. It is because of the acids that give this wine a very good spine, so it will not seem blunt in the mouth. It is also light on the palate, with dominant aromas of leather, game, dried grapes and spices. The aftertaste is lingering, without a trace of leftover deliciosity, but the wine is still attractive. The end of the sip reveals a more accentuated note of bitterness that adds interest to wine structured in this way.
Best paired with:
from medium to heavier meat dishes, you can combine it with pasta Bolognese and game as well