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Castello di Volpaia
Coltassala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG – 2017

jamessuckling.com
95 Points

Transparent and linear with currant and cherry aromas and flavors. It’s beautifully fine and bright with crushed cherries and berries and hints of strawberries. Pine needles and fresh herbs, too. Very silky tannins and a palate that shows poise and polish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

July 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2016

jamessuckling.com
94 Points

A rich, layered red that shows the strength of the vintage, offering blackberry, black-olive and stone aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, chewy and pretty. From organically grown grapes. Approachable now, but better in 2022.

July 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2017

jamessuckling.com
94 Points

A red with plenty of ripe fruit, such as berries and cherries with some fresh-herb and lemon undertones. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright fruit and fine tannins. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

July 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico DOCG – 2018

jamessuckling.com
93 Points

A racy, fine-tuned Chianti Classico with blackberry, black-cherry and wet-earth aromas. Medium-bodied with medium polished tannins and a long finish. Transparent. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

July 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Balifico, Toscana IGT – 2017

jamessuckling.com
94 Points

A polished red with plum, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with soft, integrated tannins and a pretty finish. Another year or two will give it a little more finesse. From organically grown grapes. Try after 2021.

July 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2014

jamessuckling.com
94 Points

Beautiful vin santo with dried oranges, toffee, salted peanuts and walnuts. It’s medium-bodied and very sweet, yet bright and energetic with focused fruit and apple toffee crumble aftertaste. Drink now.

July 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2017

Decanter
90 Points

Volpaia's Riserva is typically selected from the estate's highest parcels reaching 600 meters of elevation. As the hot 2017 vintage yielded small bunches and small berry with ripe skins but less ripe seeds, fermentation and maceration times were shortened for a gentler extraction. Indeed, this is quite soft with sweet, plump cherry buoyed by rather snappy acidity. Some dried floral nuances lend intrigue. Overall polished and polite but not for the long-haul. Drinking window 2020-2025.

Michaela Morris, February 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2016

Decanter
92 Points

Puro' refers not just to the fact that this is made from 100% Sangiovese, but also that the vines represent 25 clones native to the area of Volpaia. The are grown in a small plot of the estate's south facing Casanova vineyard. Aged in 100% new French barriques, this leas with freshly ground coffee and sandalwood then reveals licorice, lavender and red cherry. The palate is sophisticated and smooth with fine svelte tannins and a racy core.

Michaela Morris, February 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico DOCG – 2018

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Just mid crimson. Perfumed, lifted cherry fruit with iron hints. Fine cherry fruit with a layer of dark tannins on the palate. Long and perfumed and finely balanced.

Walter Speller, April 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Coltassala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
17++ Points

Lustrous ruby. Iron, tar and cherry with hints of cardamom. Generous, yet with a medium-bodied weight. Concentrated, tangy, dark fruit with polished tannins. Far from ready.

Walter Speller, April 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Balifico, Toscana IGT – 2017

jamessuckling.com
93-94 Points

Dusty texture to this young red with a plum and dark-berry character. Firm tannins and a focused finish. Solid. A blend of 65% sangiovese and 35% cabernet sauvignon. Made from organically grown grapes.

September 2018
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Castello di Volpaia
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2014

Vinous
94 Points

The 2014 Vinsanto del Chianti Classico Volpaia is a very pretty wine done in a floral, fresh style that really shows the personality of Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca nicely. Orange peel, spice, roasted almond and floral notes are perked up by bright acids in this impeccable, totally classy Vin Santo from Volpaia.”

Antonio Galloni, August 2019
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Castello di Volpaia
Coltassala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG – 2016

Wine & Spirits
93 Points

September rains and cool temperatures at harvest mitigated the hot, dry summer of 2016 here, allowing Volpaia to bring in a juicy Chianti Classico. Its red cherry flavors are concentrated enough to easily absorb the vanilla spice gained during its two years in new French oak barrels, the wine maintaining energy lift through the finish.

3/3/2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Balifico, Toscana IGT – 2016

Wine & Spirits
93 Points

From 20-25 year old vines planted in the sandstone soils of Volpaia's Balifico vineyard, this marries sangiovese's bright red-cherry flavors with the dark, leafy tannins of cabernet sauvignon (35 percent of the blend). The wine aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, gaining subtle spice notes and pleasant savory tones.

3/3/2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico DOCG – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
92 Points — #53 Enthusiast 100 2019

Black-skinned berry, violet, new leather and tobacco aromas are front and center. Reflecting the nose, the smooth, approachable palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, ripe plum, nutmeg and a hint of licorice framed in polished, pliant tannins. Drink through 2024.

Kerin O'Keefe, 11/1/2019
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
95 Points

Varietal aromas of violet, plum and black-skinned berry shape the nose on this fragrant, polished red. On the fresh, delicious palate, velvety tannins accompany juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry and baking spice. It's nicely balanced, with bright acidity.

Kerin O'Keefe, February 12, 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

Aromas of mature plum and black cherry mingle with whiffs of French oak and scorched earth. The full-bodied palate evokes dried cherry, prune, toasted hazelnut and tobacco alongside velvety, enveloping tannins. Drink through 2027.

Kerin O'Keefe, February 12, 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Coltassala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

French oak, grilled herb, coconut and spiced plum aromas lead the nose. The firm, youthfully austere palate offers prune, coconut, star anise and roasted coffee bean framed in tightly wound fine-grained tannins. Drink 2024–2036.

Kerin O'Keefe, February 11, 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico DOCG – 2017

Wine Spectator
90 Points

Pure and focused, featuring black cherry and black currant fruit, accented by mineral, earth and subtle wild herb elements. Elegant and intense, with a firm, extended finish. Drink now through 2028.

Bruce Sanderson, January 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2015

Wine Spectator
96 Points

This opulent red is packed with black cherry, black currant, leather, vanilla and mineral flavors. Shows a strong underlying structure, with dense tannins and lively acidity driving the long, resonant finish. Best from 2022 through 2040.

Bruce Sanderson, January 22, 2020
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