Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2012

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  • Introduction

    • The Coltassala vineyard shares its name and location with a villa. 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 — 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 Super-Tuscans. Now Coltassala is a Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG cru even though it’s the same Super-Tuscan wine of the 1980s.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Cultivation: Certified organic
  • Vinification

    • More information coming soon.



  • Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2012 – 92 points – Vinous

    “… offers lovely juiciness and radiance in the mid-weight style that is the signature at Volpaia. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal give the 2012 its open-knit, resonant personality … hard to resist ...”

  • Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2012 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    "Round in profile, boasting rich cherry, plum and tobacco flavors, with accents of tea and iron. Firms up, but shows character and a lingering finish."

  • Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2012 – 17 points –

    “Radda in Chianti. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Leafy cherry and minerals on the nose. Lots of depth and yet not heavy at all. Finely tuned. Elegant grainy tannins. Lots of potential.”

  • Coltassala, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2012 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “There’s a lot to love in this juicy, delicious wine, starting with aromas of ripe, dark-skinned berry, baking spice, leather, sunbaked soil and menthol. The elegant, structured palate delivers a combination of ripe black cherry, cinnamon, anise …”