2014 Querceto di Castelli 'L'Aura' Chianti Classico DOCG, Toscana, Italy

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Querceto di Castelli's 'L'Aura' bottling has been one of the classic mainstays of Chianti Classico for almost 20 years. It is one of the more consistent wines from the area and generally delivers a nicely toned, somewhat snappy and alternatively sappy, often quite juicy Sangiovese with well integrated tannins. It is so easy to drink it's almost seems deceptively simple but it's nothing but. There are centuries of history and a sincere sense of pride behind the wines that only add to the estate's considerable pedigree. The fact that they only grow Sangiovese and only produce Chianti Classico underscores the importance they place on their impressive production. Plus, it's a pretty killer Chianti for only $22.50 a bottle!

The estate spans 125 acres of which 27 are planted to vines with 7 acres of olive trees in the village of Querceto between the towns of Castelli and Radda in the Chianti Classico zone. Here is a bit about why they call this wine, 'L'Aura' - This is the premier wine of Querceto di Castelli, bottled for the first time in 1998. Jacopo and Filippo Di Battista dedicated this wine to their mother, Laura. The name is written in the apostrophized manner of Petrarch’s “Canzoniere” who called his muse Lady Laura, a perennial subject of unrequited love, in order to hide her identity and not draw the ire of her jealous husband. The illustration on the label is a drawing made by Jacopo’s grandmother in the 1930s of a decorative plate that had an angel holding flowers – which eventually became the company’s logo."

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