Agricola Querciabella Camartina 2006
The vineyards where the grapes for Camartina are grown have been cultivated organically since 1988 and have been converted to a strict biodynamic standard in 2000. The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards and harvested in 8-kilo crates. They are destemmed, uncrushed, and then conveyed into temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats or, just for the very best parcels, small temperature-controlled concrete vats. Here, alcoholic fermentation, maceration, and malolactic fermentation take place. Macerations last about 12 days for the Sangiovese and up to 20 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese. Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world's most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batar, Palafreno, and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability, and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With 183 acres of prime Chianti Classico vineyards—located in the communes of Greve, Panzano, Radda, and Gaiole—in addition to 79 acres in Maremma on Tuscany's unspoiled Etruscan coast, Querciabella's holdings represent the largest extensions of biodynamically farmed (certified organic) vineyards in Italy, contributing extraordinary biodiversity to local and surrounding ecosystems and serving as a sanctuary for thriving numbers of honeybee colonies.