Color: deep and brilliant ruby red
Bouquet: delicate, elegant and harmonious
Flavor: dry, remarkable body with a very great character
"The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Picchio is a serious step up from the preceding wines in this lineup. This single-vineyard selection emerges from the glass with an intense, virtually opaque color and masses of dark, sumptuous fruit. The explosiveness of the fruit saturates the palate, but there is enough acidity from the Sangiovese to lend drive and focus to the finish. Smoke, new leather and licorice add the final layers of complexity to this dark, brooding Riserva. This is a beautiful effort from Castello di Querceto. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026."
92 Points - The Wine Advocate
|Grapes: 88% Sangiovese; 10% Canaiolo; 2% others D.O.C.G. designated
Prod. & Vin.: Temperature controlled in stainless steel for 16-18 days
Aging: 3-4 years; 10-12 months in barrel - Troncais, Allier, Limousin
|Pairing: Pasta and red sauces
|Castello di Querceto and the lands surrounding it are places full of history and atmosphere.
Once the castle rose in a strategic and defensive position like a sentinel on the "Via Cassia Imperiale”, one of the main roman roads built by the Emperor Adriano in the 123 a.C.
Nowadays it protects the treasure of its vineyards and olive-groves which spread along the valley of Dudda from "Passo del Sugame”, and, after Dudda, towards Lucolena and "Monte San Michele”.
The castle dates back to the Lombardic time and it still preserves the medieval shape with a long "L” body and the tower with the Guelph battlement in the middle of the front.
It was built in the XVI century a.C. after the destruction of the previous building, burnt and sacked during one of the several local wars at the end of the XV century. Also the houses surrounding the castle and the boundary walls were dismantled. Only the side of the wall dominating the valley remained and it is still there supporting the new building.
During the construction the castle was owned by the Canigiani family, later it was bought by the Pitti, and remained for a long time their country residence.