2012 Castello di Querceto Cignale

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, this is a tight and beautifully enriched Tuscan red. The 2012 Cignale sees fruit in a hot vintage harvested from a cool, high-altitude vineyard site. This combination of extremes makes for fantastic results and produces a fine sense of balance and elegance. The wine is aged in French oak for two years and only 10,000 bottles are made. The finish shows soft fruit with earthy tones of button mushroom and underbrush that remind you of the rustic Chianti Classico countryside.

Alessandro Fran├žois and his family at Castello di Querceto offer some stunning wines among this set of new releases. In fact, these are some of the best expressions I have yet to taste from this high altitude estate in Greve in Chianti. The house style is big, juicy and bold. If this appeals to you, I highly recommend this estate. The star of the portfolio is the Castello di Querceto 2011 QueRceto Romantic (a super concentrated blend of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah). I was not able to taste that wine in this session, but will add a note just as soon as I do." (WA)

"The 2012 Cignale is terrific. Rich, ample and inviting, it offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal. A rush of succulent red cherry, mocha, French oak, mint, leather and sweet spice gives the wine its decidedly racy personality. At nearly five years of age, the 2012 is starting to show some signs of aromatic development. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later. The 2012 is a bit less bombastic than other recent vintages have been, and that is not a bad thing." (VM)

"Aromas of sage, blueberry, and bark follow through to a medium body, fine tannins and tangy acidity. Delicious now but will age well. A solid cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend as always." (JS)

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