Collazzi

Collazzi Toscana IGT – 2020

Region: ITALY - TUSCANY

Collazzi

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards in the southwestern part of Impruneta (Florence), near village of Galluzzo.

  • Altitude: 590 ft.
  • Exposure: South/West
  • Soil: Clay and limestone, partly sandy, rich in minerals
  • Average Vine Age: Over 25 years
  • Vine Training System: Spurred cordon
  • Climate: Normally warmer and drier than surrounding area, lying partly in natural ampitheater. Abundant isolation and mild daytime temperatures allow prolonged, complete physiological ripening, remarkably consistent year to year.
Harvest Notes
  • Each variety hand harvested into baskets and vinified separately
  • Careful berry selection on the sorting table
  • Fermented in small stainless steel barrels for approximately 18 days
  • Malolactic fermentation in used French oak barriques
  • Aged 18 months in 225 liter French oak barrels
  • Bottle aged 6 months
Winemaker's Notes

Deep red color. Complex balsamic and spicy aromas with hints of ripe black fruits. The wine is silky and full bodied, finely balanced with a round, elegant and persistent finish.

Wine Summary

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; alcohol: 14%; estate vineyards near Galluzzo in Impruneta province (Florence); clay, limestone, partly sandy soils enriched in minerals; drier, warmer climate in natural ampitheater allows for longer ripening; each variety and plot hand harvested and vinified separately; rigorous manual berry sorting before pressing; fermented in small stainless steel barrels for about 18 days; malolactic fermentation in oak barriques; aged in 225 liter French oak barrels for 18 months; bottle aged 6 months.

Technical Information
  • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol:  14%

Reviews

95 Points

Currants with an underlying aroma of vanilla bean and lavender that turns to crushed stone and dried earth. Medium- to full-bodied with polished and fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Shows structure with finesse. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Best after 2026.

jamessuckling.com, July, 2023

91 Points

The 2020 Collazzi is packed with super-ripe plum, mocha, espresso, dark chocolate and sweet oak. This plush, racy wine offers tons of immediacy. The oak imprint is a bit strong, but it works nicely for this style. Soft, plush contours wrap it all together. 2023 – 2028

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, August, 2023

94 Points

The 2020 Collazzi from Tenuta I Collazzi is composed from this cuvée’s customary blend of fifty percent cabernet sauvignon, twenty-five percent cabernet franc, twenty percent merlot and five percent petit verdot. The wine undergoes malolactic in older barriques, and then is aged for eighteen months prior to bottling in newer barrels, with half the casks new and half one wine barrels. The 2020 vintage of Collazzi IGT again comes in at fourteen percent alcohol and delivers a superb bouquet of sweet cassis, dark berries, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, coffee bean and a well-done framing of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and quite pure on the attack, with an outstanding core of fruit, ripe, fine-grained tannins, impeccable balance and a long, nascently complex and very promising finish. All this excellent wine needs is some time in the cellar to blossom. 2035 – 2075+

View From The Cellar, November, 2023

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