Collazzi Toscana IGT – 2016



Villa Collazzi is one of the most impressive estates in all of Tuscany. This architectural landmark was originally designed by Michelangelo in 1560 for his friend, Agostino Dini. It offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside. I Collazzi is a property of the Marchi brothers, Carlo and Bona. During the last decade the Marchi brothers invested heavily in the development of Collazzi’s farming business, renewing the vineyards and restructuring the cellar, with the goal of producing excellent wines. Collazzi produces grapes from this esteemed estate only; a super-Tuscan blend called Collazzi, Chianti Classico named Bastioni, and a select few additional bottlings.

Grapes / Soils

Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (25%), Petit Verdot (5%) 18 years average in 2015 Clay rich in limestone, abundantly rocky 14.82 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Toscana Rosso IGT Tenuta I Collazzi’s flagship wine was first produced in 1999; the grapes are all picked from our estate vineyards. The blend is made up of four varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all hand-harvested into small boxes and fermented separately. In the cellar the individual berries are examined by hand on a sorting table to eliminate even the smallest foreign matter, such as damaged grapes and leaf fragments. Fermentation in small, stainless steel tanks at 79-86°F is followed by maceration on the skins for about 18 days. Malolactic fermentation is mainly in oak, as is subsequent ageing, which lasts 18 months; the barriques may be new or even once-used, as it is important to prevent the oak from overpowering the fruit. Before release, the wine is bottle-aged for a further 12 months. The elegance and complex aromatic profile of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc blend with the opulence of the Merlot and the intensity of the Petit Verdot to create a magnificent wine.

  • Size of Vineyard (acres):  14.82
  • Soil Composition:  Sandy and clay soils, rich in limestone, with an abundantly rocky texture
  • Training Method:  Spurred cordon
  • Elevation (feet):  590 ft. above sea level
  • Vines/acre:  2,477 vine per acres
  • Yield/acres (tons):  1.7 tons
  • Exposure:  South/West
  • Year Vineyard Planted:  1996
  • First Vintage of this Wine:  1999
  • Number of bottles produced of this wine:  21,800
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest Time: Mid-September to mid-October
  • Aging container: Oak barrel
  • Size of Aging Containers: 225 lt
  • Age of Ageing Containers: In barrique, 60% new and 40% 1 year old
  • Cooperage: French
  • Length of Aging Before Bottling: 18 months
  • Length of Bottle Ageing: 10 months
  • Fermentation Container: Stainless Steal Vats
  • Length of Alcoholic Fermentation (days): 20
  • Fermentation Temperature ( °F): 80
Winemaker's Notes

The elegance and aromatic complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, together with the opulence of Merlot and the intensity of Petit Verdot, are the main characteristics of this magnificent wine.

  • Deep red, with shade of purple.
  • Pervasive balsamic notes are accompanied by hints of ripe dark, black fruit and flowers in a perfect aromatic balance.
  • Long silky and caressing, black truffles with lovely variegated complex sensations.
  • The final is endless, elegant.
  • A master in balance.
  • The wine’s structure demands combinations with red meats, such as stake, filet, grilled vegetables, and cheese.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (25%), Petit Verdot (5%) grapes.
  • Vine age – 18 years average in 2015.
  • Grown on soils of sand and clay rich in limestone, abundantly rocky.
  • Fermented in stainless steel vats at 80°F.
  • Aged in 60% new and 40% one year hold barriques and the bottle.
  • Aged for 18 months in the barrique and 8 months in the bottle.
Technical Information
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH level: 3.4
  • Acidity: 5.5 Tartaric Acid
  • Dry Extract: 35.4


95 Points

Flowers and citrus fruit with currants and cherries on the nose, following through to a full body, yet very tight and precise with compact tannins and fresh, energetic finish.  Tasty.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Drink after 2021., November, 2019

93 Points

The 2016 Collazzi is bold, juicy and super-expressive. Black cherry, leather, smoke, grilled herbs, iron, menthol, licorice and mocha are all laced together in a very pretty, expressive wine with tons of character and personality. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot works nicely.  2021 – 2031

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, August, 2019

92 Points

The Collazzi 2016 Collazzi is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot available in a large production of 60,000 bottles made annually. This is a balanced vintage with fresh fruit aromas of blackberry and wild cherry presented in a clear and linear manner. The wine is softly tannic and mildly structured, with good length. 2021 – 2030

© Wine Advocate, March, 2021

91 Points

Subtle aromas of forest floor, violet and pipe tobacco mingle with a balsamic whiff of camphor in this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The elegantly structured palate offers dried cherry, cassis and star anise before a coffee bean close. Polished, fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink through 2026.

Wine Enthusiast, July, 2021

General Info

Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation(s) Chianti Classico
Proprietors Carlo and Bona Marchi (brothers)
Founded 1935
Winemaker Alberto Torelli
Annual Production 12,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable