Sunday, April 06, 2008

2005 Querciabella Mongrana - Maremma, Tuscany

The 2005 Mongrana from Querciabella was a real find for me. I’ve been a big fan of their Chianti Classico since 2004 when I had my first bottle and it hasn’t disappointment in any vintage I’ve had.

Last week I was in a relatively non-descript wine-shop in Brooklyn and spotted the 2005 Mongrana for the first time for about $13 a bottle. I hadn’t seen it before but recognized the label as coming from Querciabella. I picked up a bottle and went home to do some research, discovering that this was the first vintage from Querciabella’s venture into the Maremma region of Tuscany which is know for being the home of some of the more famous Super-Tuscans such as Sassicia. True to the region, this is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Also true to these “Super-Tuscan” blends, it is labeled as a Toscana-IGT which is essentially table wine.

The wine itself is medium cherry in color with oak, dark fruit, blueberry, earthy but also with some subtle floral notes. Balanced with a nice soft texture, medium bodied, with a nice medium long finish. The dark fruit also lingers on the tongue.

This is nice work from a producer I traditionally like. As far as everyday drinking wines in this price range, this is excellent and has a fantastic price-per-quality ratio.


RougeAndBlanc said...

May I ask where the wine shop that carries this? I want to try one too. A lot of the NY store is now selling the '06.
Please send the address of the wine shop to me:

Felix said...

I'd also like to know which wine shop in NYC carries Querciabella Mongrana.


Schliecker said...

Felix - I've seen it in two NYC store. Garnet Wine on 68th and Lex has the '06 and Big J in Brooklyn in Gowanus near the Lowes off the BQE (137 12th St.) has the '05. I'd call before hand just to make sure they still have them in stock.