Il Quercione is San Felice's most prized vineyard on their Campogiovanni estate. 250 metres and south facing, the vineyard is just 2.5 hectares. It was planted in 1983 on largely silt and sand soils with some clay, resting on sandstone and calcareous marl. The vines are spur-pruned cordon and harvested around the beginning of October. Twenty-five day maceration at 30°C, followed by malolactic fermentation and a 24-month maturation in 500-litre French oak tonneaux and a further 36 months in the bottle. 7000 bottles produced.
A wonderfully complex nose with a huge range of aromas from violet and wild red berry, to leather, sandalwood and dried fruits along with balsamic and toasty notes. Opulent and well structured on the palate with ripe red fruits balanced by youthful acidity and fine grained tannins. Hugely complex with a long, savoury, nuanced finish. Remarkable now but will be even better with age, improving for a decade or more.
Great with grilled meats, rare lamb or steak.