(2008 Vintage) Quercegobbe is named after the vineyard that produces it. The vines from which it comes were planted in 1997 in San Lorenzo, close to the cellar, on the edge of the Mediterranean maquis, on the hillside facing the sea. It is an ideal position for Merlot, since this variety has a preference for a ventilated climate and it is also Francesca Moretti’s favourite, where she has chosen to put to good use her team’s intuition, knowledge and skills. In Tuscany, as in Val di Cornia, that which is new always has ancient roots: the future of Quercegobbe is already written in the type of soil, which is very similar to the clays of French Pomerol, the kingdom of Merlot. The soil is rich in manganese and metals, brought here by erosion and deposits from the nearby Metalliferous Hills. The result is a wine that is elegant and vigorous at the same time, one which is afforded great care and attention in both the vineyard and cellar. The grapes are harvested in the coolest hours of the day and the wine is left to ferment in conical wooden vats at a controlled temperature. At the end of the process, it is refined for 15 months, first in new 600-litre demi-muids and then in barriques. Complete malolactic fermentation takes place during this period. Refinement continues for a further 10 months in the bottle.
Wine Spectator(2008 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/06/2013