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Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala 750ml 2009
Sku: 1828254*
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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti Classico
Grape Varietal: Mammolo,Sangiovese
Type: Still wine
Reg. 49.99
On Sale $54.99
Buy Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala
colour: Vivid ruby red nose:elegant, intense, withhints of vanilla, cacao and fruit taste: structured wine made for being aged
Wine Spectator 91 points - A dense yet juicy red, with flavors of blackberry, plum and chocolate. The fruit stands up to the tannins, finishing long. This stays fresh, with a mineral aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases imported. -BS  (Oct 15 2013)

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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 ó vino da tavola. It wasnít until 1994 that the government recognized the high quality of the Super-Tuscans and gave the wine its own category ó 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 itís the same Super-Tuscan wine of the 1980s.

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Castello di Volpaia overlooks the village of Radda in Chianti. The town was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the border of Florence and Sienna. Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia one of the best preserved villages of its period. Just as it has been for the last 900 years, the entire village is intimately involved in the production of wine and olive oil. The cellars, bottling plant, barrels and olive press are nestled within the original stone walls that have been carefully restored by owners Carlo Mascheroni and Giovanella Stianti Mascheroni and their children, Nicolo and Federica. The nearly 114 acres of vineyards owned by Castello di Volpaia are at 1,300 to 2,130 feet above sea level, making Volpaia the highest winery in the Chianti region. The earth is comprised mainly of light soils consisting largely of sandstone, a sedimentary rock from the Pliocene era. Volpaia is certified organic in all of its estate vineyards with the exception of Borgianni which is made with grapes from select growers.

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