Toscana Ferro Dei Collazzi – 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

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Ferro dei Collazzi (IGT red) Petit Verdot 100% 25 years average Clay rich in limestone, abundantly rocky 1.3 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vineyard: estate Collazzi, facing Florence
  • Soil: clay and limestone, partly sandy, rich in minerals
  • Vine age: average 25 years
  • Altitude: 492 feet
  • Exposure: South-Southwest
  • Climate: warmer and drier than surrounding areas. Part of property lies in a natural amphitheater, with perfect South-Southwest exposure. Isolation and mild daytime temperatures allow for prolonged and complete maturation of grapes.
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into baskets, very quickly transported to cellar
  • Manual selection of berries on sorting table
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks at maximum temperature of 86°F
  • Aging: 24 months in 225L oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Thanks to the Petit Verdot cultivated at Collazzi, it is possible to obtain a unique complexity and intensity. The manual selection in the vineyard of every bunch, makes this Petit Verdot even more unique in its kind.

Intense and deep red, with purple reflections. Marasca, sherry with a long balsamic finish enhanced by light hints of cocoa. Full bodied and harmonious, given the total attention paid to each subsequent stage in the vineyard, vinification and aging.

Wine Summary

100% Petit Verdot; estate vineyard facing Florence; soils clay and limestone with sand, rich in minerals; average vine age 25 years; hand harvested into baskets; manual berry selection on the sorting table; fermented in stainless steel tanks; aged in 225L oak barriques for 24 months.

Technical Information
  • 100% Petit Verdot


94 Points

Blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of spice and dried flowers. Full body and soft yet firm tannins with blackberries and blueberries. Hints of hazelnuts. Pure petit verdot., November, 2019

93 Points

The 2016 Ferro dei Collazzi, the estate’s pure Petit Verdot, is loaded with dark, inky blue/purplish fruit, sweet oak, spice, lavender and mint notes. Soft and plush on the palate, with terrific persistence, the 2016 is a very pretty wine. The Ferro dei Collazzi is not super varietally expressive, as it doesn’t have the tannic heft that is typical of PV, but that softer feel does give it a good deal of charm and immediate appeal.

Vinous, August, 2019

93 Points

This is a bold and thickly layered Tuscan expression of Petit Verdot that would stand up to a tall cut of grilled steak. The Collazzi 2016 Ferro (with just 6,000 bottles made) offers dark plum and dried blackberry with spicy tones of nutmeg and smoked spice. That spiciness is not overdone, and the wine reveals a medium-weight approach that allows for your food flavors to shine through the denser parts of this wine, Ferro, named after the Italian word for iron. 2021 – 2030

© Wine Advocate, March, 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