Chardonnay, Drinking Now 2022
The 2014 Batàr, Querciabella's Chardonnay/Pinot Bianco blend, comes across as a bit light in this vintage. The flavors are bright, lifted and nicely articulated throughout, with plenty of citrus and white flower notes. I find the mid-palate somewhat lacking in depth today, which also results in the oak standing out, even though the 2014 only saw about 15% new barrels. I would be tempted to see if the 2014 fleshes out with more time, as it had been in bottle for only a month or so at the time of this tasting. To be sure, Batàr is much more shy as a young wine than it used to be back in the years when lees stirring and a higher percentage of new oak played a greater role in the wine's feel.
88+ Points, Antonio Galloni
The 2018 Mongrana, Querciabella's entry-level red, is fabulous. A burst of dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and chocolate gives the 2018 so much immediacy and sheer appeal. Overall, this is a pretty restrained style for the Tuscan coast. There is so much to like here. 90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinousmore
Bottle 75cl £16.18
Querciabella's flagship Camartina is flat-out stunning. Camartina is not a huge wine, as so many are in 2015, rather it possesses extraordinary finesse and elegance. Sweet floral notes, red berry fruit, mint and chalk notes give the 2015 soaring top notes, energy and vibrancy. Beautifully persistent and sculpted, the 2015 dazzles with its energy and overall intensity. There is so...more
Bottle 75cl £78.68