Collazzi

Libertà Toscana IGT – 2019

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

Libertà is made with grapes from the Collazzi estate. This wine expresses great balance between the soft tannins of Merlot, the aromatic complexity of Cabernet Franc and elegant spiciness of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine owes its name to a donation that the City of Florence made to eight local families, among which the former owners of Collazzi, who had valiantly fought for the city’s freedom.

  • Vineyard: Collazzi estate, located in the town of Impruneta (Florence)
  • Planting area: 27.18 acres
  • Altitude: 590 ft.
  • Exposure: South / West
  • Soils: Clay soils, rich in limestone and fossils
  • Training System: Mostly spurred cordon
  • Average vine age: 20 years
  • Microclimate: warmer and drier than surrounding areas, isolation and mild temperatures allow for prolonged hang time and complete maturation
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested from vineyards within 1300 feet, ensuring grapes arrive at cellar quickly
  • Grapes selected on sorting table
  • Each parcel and variety vinified separately
  • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 77ºF
  • Malolactic fermentation in tanks
  • Aged 12 months in oak barrels and tanks
  • Bottle aged 6 months before release
Winemaker's Notes

Intense and lively ruby in the glass. Ripe and complex fruit aromas. Enveloping in the mouth with sweet tannins, it leaves the palate in exemplary balance. Complex and long without being impetuous.

Wine Summary

55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc; alcohol: 14%; estate vineyards in Impruneta, 400 meters from the cellar; rocky clay soils, rich in limestone fossils; average vine age 20 years; each variety hand harvested and vinified separately in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 77ºF; malolactic fermentation in tanks; aged 1 year in wooden casks and tanks; bottled aged 6 months before release.

Technical Information
  • 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol: 14%

Reviews

90 Points

Made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this has aromas of French oak, cedar and black-skinned berry. Lithe and linear, the medium-bodied palate offers cassis, blackberry, coffee bean and ground clove alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2025.

Wine Enthusiast, May, 2022

91 Points

This has a ripe nose of dried cherries, stewed plums, grilled herbs, menthol and mocha. Medium to full body with ripe, round tannins. Juicy and soft finish. Merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, August, 2022

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