QUERCE BETTINA : a fairy tale in Montalcino
Deceitful was Montalcino for changing the life of Moretti’s family, the decision of estabilishing in Toscana and the decision for being protagonist in the Brunello world. A destiny also found, perhaps for loving Tuscany with its blooming soils characterized by landscapes like a naïf painting, and a legend coming from centuries from this lands , strong to decide to give the name of Querce Bettina at this cadastral parcel.
The legend tells us that Bettina knew more and more than the Devil , she told stories to passer-by under the shape of an old and large oak tree but then she suddenly disappeared, leaving to people the doubt feeling about her existence.
People told that her stories was recounted by whom had the opportunity to meet that strange creature, so much to keep the interest of citizens around the fireplaces
A piece of land to be invented, casually bought by Roberto about thirty year ago that today looks, on the south-west hill side of Montalcino locality Mocali, vineyards and olive trees at an altitude of about 440 meter above le level of the sea, a large wood all around and a structure on the top of the hill.
The vineyards of Querce Bettina are an order and elegant niche of about 2,5 hectares, from this the sea – no so far – people can imagine it, thank to the fresh breeze coming from the west side, together the sight of the Monte Amiata, the allied mountain to obstacle the climate odds. Well defined rows, ordered plants, bunches as painted show brilliant colors on a soil apparently clear and reflecting the sun rays, still hot in this September 2020.. Our shoes rest on clays, varied stones and rocks ( God know how much I would have studied geology for a better appreciate each streak) We walk going down row by row in the vineyards, tasting the grapes and the unbelievable changes of maturation , even at few steps of distance.
Roberto, his wife Sandra and their daughter Paola are perfect guests in this amazing “villa” stones built and placed in a dominant position, beside the nearby swimming pool bring to dream a “a life on holidays” that let’s to forget the difficulties to produce Brunello wine, king of Tuscany’s wines in the world and consequently demanding and particular attentions..
Tasting of the wines come carefully one by one on the table enriched of cold cut , cheeses and prized extra virgin olive oil produced by themselves , finally a delicious jam of Sangiovese (Brunello) grapes.
The Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2016 Querce Bettina (sometime the Rosso di Montalcino is not a wine to put behind the Brunello) is root of licorice at the nose and in the mouth , but enough delicate without covering the perfumed and crunchy cherry. Lovely the alive fruit , that give a long feeling with elegance, without suffering of lack of leading lady , so assuming the role of the undisputed leader of tastes.
The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 Querce Bettina with its garnet reflections around the borders of the glass, closed iridescent to brilliant brick red color, release red fruits and wild fennel to the nose, balsamic blackberry, alive and ironed blood but not meaty. At the palate confirm each “nuance” red orange freshness and refined tannins. A deserved top ranking with distinguished elegance.
The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2008 Querce Bettina at the nose promise what confirms in the mouth: emotional its drink that require a detailed description, if not perfectly described , could belittle it, declassed or make it cutesy. But coming back to the red fruits, red orange, plums and spices of nutmeg, tobacco and chocolate, to the Mediterranean scrub make pendent of the vegetation present around the Villa. Complexity and vigorous to enjoy the good and young exuberance, you can drink it generously and it gives the pleasure of illusion of human immortality.
Surprise for the Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2017 Querce Bettina, that, in spite of the sacrificed vintage due to the climate, found an unbelievable resource in the service temperature. Even out of any normal user manual , if it is served at low temperature (14/15 centigrade) give the better, offering Gianduia chocolate aroma and a full taste of red fruits, without that the tannin take an inconsiderate upper hand. Good to be tasted also in this hot September.
Only if we should have Brunello in our veins, age could be only a poor number ?