Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Coltassala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • The Coltassala vineyard shares its location and name with a villa. The first SuperTuscans were created in the 1970s by Chianti Classico producers who rejected government mandates that determined which grapes were required to go into their wine, especially with grapes like Trebbiano and Malvasia. The Super-Tuscans were also treated differently from Chianti, aged in small French barriques rather than large Slavonian oak casks. Because the Super-Tuscans did not follow the DOC regulations, the Super-Tuscans were entitled only to the lowest official designation of the time—Vino da tavola. It wasn’t until 1994 that government recognized the high quality of Super-Tuscans and gave the wine it’s own category—IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica). Volpaia first released Coltassala in 1980 as a Super-Tuscan. The Chianti Classico appellation followed suit, closing the quality gap between Chianti Classico and SuperTuscans. Now Coltassala is a Chianti Classico Riserva Cru even though it’s the same SuperTuscan wine of 1980.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Coltassala
    • Cultivation: Certified organic
    • Composition: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Mammolo
    • Size: 3.53 hectares (8.72 acres)
    • Vine Age: Ongoing plantings since 1980
    • Soil: Sandstone
    • Exposure: South
    • Density: 5,698 vines/hectare (2,306 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • The year began with an initially hot then rainy spring up until the middle of June, followed by a hot and dry summer causing seriously drought-stressed vines. Heavy rain in the middle of September, followed by a drop in temperature helped the grapes mature perfectly.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 29
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 24 months in new French oak, and a minimum 6 month in the bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Mammolo
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.7 g/L
    • RS: 0.4 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Coltassala has a vivid ruby color. This is a well-structured, complex wine with an elegant nose and hints of vanilla, cacao and fruit.

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Reviews

  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala – 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala (made from a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Mammolo) is a beautifully primed and enriched red wine that offers all the basics—and does so in impeccable style. The bouquet shows black fruit, spice and tilled earth. All the aromas are on the dark and savory side, however the wine remains, fresh, tight and buoyant and very linear. It makes you want to try out a local tripe recipe: trippa alla Fiorentina or even the slow-cooked lampredotto alla Fiorentina. Some 12,000 bottles were made.

  • Castello di Volpaia Coltassala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG – 2016 – Vinous – 93 Points

    The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala is classy and refined from start to finish. Sweet red cherry, mint, chalk, flowers and blood orange add a very appealing upper register. New oak gives the Coltassala a modern touch, without completely overpowering the wine.

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