Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2005

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  • Introduction

    • Super Tuscans
      The first Super Tuscans were created in the 1970s by Chianti producers who rejected government mandates that determined which grapes were required to go into their wine, especially white grapes like Malvasia and Trebbiano. The Super-Tuscans were also treated differently from Chianti, aged in small French barriques rather than in large Slovenian casks. Because they did not follow 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 the government recognized the high quality of the Super-Tuscans and gave the wine its own category — I.G.T. (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Coltassala (cole-tah-SAWL-ah) shares its name and location with the villa that houses Castello di Volpaia’s vinegar-making equipment. This vineyard faces both southwest and southeast, with two parcels spanning up two opposing hillsides that are separated by a seasonal creek. It was grafted over from various clones of Sangiovese to newer Sangiovese clones in 1977 (when the vineyard was 10 years old). The first harvest was in 1980.

    • Cultivation: Certified organic
    • Composition: Sangiovese (primarily), Mammolo
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2005 vintage was characterized by alternating periods of hot, dry weather and cool, rainy conditions, which resulted in the grapes ripening slowly and developing favorable aromatics. Harvest started late compared to previous vintages.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 10
    • Yields: 1.8 tons/acre
  • Vinification

    • Filtration: Light filtration
    • Bottled: October 30, 2007
  • Technical Information

    • Production (in cases): 1,200 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Cases Imported: 1,120
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • TA: 5.02g/L
    • p H: 3.58
  • Tasting Notes

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



  • Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2005 – 88 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "Made with Chianti Classico tradition in mind, this compelling Riserva has measured tones of blueberry, cherry, almond paste and root beer. It exhibits medium-intensity notes of fresh forest fruit on the close. It’s simple but extremely genuine...."

  • Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2005 – 90 points – The Wine Advocate

    "The single-vineyard...offers notable depth and harmony in a sweet, fruit-driven style. It is a fresh, primary wine that needs time in bottle to develop its full array of aromas and flavors, but its potential is amply evident...."