Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG, Tuscany

Colledilà stands out for its complex structure and great, modern elegance. A pure Sangiovese that manages to reveal all the magnificent qualities of this grape that are further exalted by the small dimensions of the vineyard whose name it bears. The soil is a calcareous clay, rocky, rich in calcium carbonate and poor in organic matter. Colledilà vineyard is on a geological formation called Monte Morello, also known as Alberese. Seven hectares in size, it is located at 390 meters above sea level and has a southeastern exposure.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red color. Intense and elegant nose with ripe plum, wood notes and caramel. Round, silky and elegant in the mouth with velvety tannins, which, together with a crisp acidity, gives a wrapped softening mouthfeel.

The 2018-2019 vintage followed yet another seasonal trend of its own. The autumn featured mild temperatures and slightly less rain than usual in that period of the year. Winter started off quite mild however January came with temperatures below zero and heavy snowfall at the end of that month. Spring began with rising temperatures, but in May these plummeted with lows below 44-46°F accompanied by daily rains. From early June, a fairly dry and warm period began, with maximum temperatures often above 95°F, but interspersed occasionally by short and intense rains.

Fermentation temperature 75-80°F with daily punching. Duration of fermentation and maceration on the skins about 14-16 days. Aged 22 months in 500-litre tonneaux of which 30% new and 70% second passage

Alcohol: 14% vol
Total acidity: 5.83 g/l
ph: 3.16
Non-Reducing Extract: 27.18 g/l
Total Polyphenols (in Gallic acid): 1767 g/l

Planted in: 2002
Surface Area: 7.62ha
Density: 6.600 plants/ha
Training: spurred cordon
Altitude: 380 m above sea level
Clones: Sangiovese VCR23, VCR5, Brolio
Exposure: Southeast Rootstock: 110R


This cru grows on a clayey-limestone soil that is one of the most representative types of Chianti Classico: a very stony soil, rich in calcium carbonate and clay and poor in organic matter.

Colledilà stands out for its complex structure and great, modern elegance. A pure Sangiovese that manages to reveal all the magnificent qualities of this grape that are further exalted by the small dimensions of the vineyard whose name it bears. The soil is a calcareous clay, rocky, rich in calcium carbonate and poor in organic matter. Colledilà vineyard is on a geological formation called Monte Morello, also known as Alberese. Seven hectares in size, it is located at 390 meters above sea level and has a southeastern exposure. The grapes are handpicked and then selected: only perfect clusters become Colledilà.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red color. Very complex nose of ripe red fruit, iris, violet and balsamic hints. The palate is succulent, juicy; the well-balanced acidity with soft tannins give this wine freshness and length.

Overall, we can state that 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than average in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October.

Fermentation temperature 75°-80°F with daily punching. Duration of fermentation and maceration on the skins about 14-16 days.

Alcohol: 13.5% vol
Total acidity: 5.91 g/l
ph: 3.29
Non-Reducing Extract: 26.20 g/l
Total Polyphenols (in Gallic acid): 1860 g/l

Colledilà stands out for its complex structure and great, modern elegance. A pure Sangiovese that manages to reveal all the magnificent qualities of this grape that are further exalted by the small dimensions of the vineyard whose name it bears. The soil is a calcareous clay, rocky, rich in calcium carbonate and poor in organic matter. Colledilà vineyard is on a geological formation called Monte Morello, also known as Alberese. Seven hectares in size, it is located at 390 meters above sea level and has a southeastern exposure. The grapes are handpicked and then selected: only perfect clusters become Colledilà.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red color. Very complex nose of ripe red fruit, iris, violet and balsamic hints. The palate is succulent, juicy; the well-balanced acidity with soft tannins give this wine freshness and length.

This was an atypical year, perhaps unlike any ever registered. Winter was fairly mild and warm. The frost that arrived on 18/20 April, the drought, the extreme heat that lasted for more than two months, all scorched the earth and the grapevines. For this reason, the leaf removal typically carried out before grape harvest was avoided; instead, the grapevines were left “untidy”, only slightly trimmed, to protect the fruit from the rays of the sun. At the end of August and the first ten days of September, rains came and the temperatures dropped drastically, all the way to the seasonal average.

Harvesting and selection of the best grapes in the vineyard by hand. Transport to the winery in 200-kg bins. The grapes are destemmed and transferred by gravity into 100-hl stainless steel open tanks and then inoculated with selected yeasts. Fermentation temperature 24-27°C with daily punching. Duration of fermentation and maceration on the skins about 14-16 days.

100% Sangiovese

Colledilà stands out for its complex structure and great, modern elegance. A pure Sangiovese that manages to reveal all the magnificent qualities of this grape that are further exalted by the small dimensions of the vineyard whose name it bears. The soil is a calcareous clay, rocky, rich in calcium carbonate and poor in organic matter. Colledilà vineyard is on a geological formation called Monte Morello, also known as Alberese. Seven hectares in size, it is located at 390 meters above sea level and has a southeastern exposure. The grapes are handpicked and then selected: only perfect clusters become Colledilà.

Tasting Notes

A beautiful nose that shows dark plums, vanilla, tar, tobacco and spices. Full-bodied and very powerful with punchy tannins, but some real integration to the agile fruit and acidity. The complexity and depth at the end is breathtaking.

The autumn and winter were very mild this year, with below-freezing temperatures only in part of January. It was rainy, about 440 mm. In the spring, temperatures were average, with the end of May and early June hot but humid. This diminished the fruit set causing a thinning effect in the clusters that was good for the Sangiovese. Two hailstorms at the end of May also led to loss of flowers, thus reducing per-plant growth. Summer was hot and dry. End-July and Mid-August rains gave some relief to the plants, helping them during the period of veraison.  Harvest began in early September, with temperatures mid-to-high for that period of the year during the day and a drop of as much as 10-15°Cat nights, favoring the accumulation of phenolic compounds.

Harvesting and selection of the best grapes in the vineyard by hand. Transport to the winery in 200-kg bins. The grapes are destemmed and transferred by gravity into 100-hl stainless steel open tanks and then inoculated with selected yeasts. Fermentation temperature 24-27°C with daily punching. Duration of fermentation and maceration on the skins about 14-16 days.

100% Sangiovese

Colledilà is a single vineyard wine which is aptly named for "the vineyard just on the other side of that hill", for if you stand outside on the terraces behind the Ricasoli castle you will see this very hill.

Tasting Notes

Delicate in ruby red color with a complex nose and an elegantly subtle yet persistent finish this balanced wine expresses all the characteristics of Sangiovese. It is full with aromas of violet and iris coupled with ripe red fruits followed by hints of pepper and a whisper of white chocolate which give way to a full, velvety mouthfeel with soft tannins.

The growing season of 2014/2015 was quite regular without extreme events. Winter was mild with temperatures falling to freezing only at the end of December and for parts January and February. Although a little cold at the beginning, Spring also showed average temperatures followed by a warm May and June which favored a perfect flowering and veraison. Rainfall was not excessive at only about 6 inches. Summer began earlier, with high temperatures by the end of June recorded at peaks between 93°F and 95°F. July was also particularly warm with peaks at around 104°F. Rainfall was scarce at approximately 4 inches, but ample water supplies during the Winter and Spring months prevented drought stress. September and October showed perfect weather conditions with significant day-to-night temperature ranges favoring the accumulation of color and polyphenols in the grapes.

Thermo-regulated (75.2°F-80°F) stainless still fermentation and maceration for 16-18 days during which a soft pressure is carried out daily. Aging takes place in French barriques and 40% new tonneaux for 21 months.

100% Sangiovese

  • 97

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    Wine Spectator, June 2022

    "Distinctly savory, this red delivers grassy, thyme and menthol aromas and flavors allied to cherry, strawberry and loam. Angular and dense, with the fruit component emerging with air. Deftly balanced and complex, this is long and reveals an aftertaste of cherry, berry, mineral and herbal accents. Best from 2025 through 2043. From Italy."

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    Vinous, September 2021

    "The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà is the most complex of the single-vineyard Gran Seleziones, as it often is. A wine of notable aromatic breadth and dimension, the Colledilà is wonderfully nuanced from start to finish. Crushed rocks, sage, blood orange and smoke infuse the 2018 with notable character. Once again, the Colledilà is quite distinctive."

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    Wine Spectator, October 2021

    "Focused cherry, plum, menthol and spice flavors permeate this dense red, which is vibrant and firmly structured, with the menthol and spice notes echoing on the long finish. Best from 2023 through 2032. 1,000 cases made, 50 cases imported."

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    James Suckling, May 2021

    "This is sensational, with ultra fine tannins that melt into the wine. Such intense and beautiful fruit with cherries, peaches and lightly candied cherries. Some citrus, too. Very soft and creamy with wonderful polish. Beautiful center palate and a lovely finish. A song in the bottle. A little tight now. Hard to wait, but give it two or three years to open."

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2021

    "Red berry, rose, slate and camphor aromas are front and center on this 100% Sangiovese. Linear and elegantly structured, the medium-palate offers dried cherry, licorice and roasted coffee bean framed in fine-grained tannins before closing on an almost salty note. Drink 2022–2027."

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  • 94

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    Vinous, August 2020

    "The 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà is fabulous, and also one of the best wines I have tasted from Castello di Brolio recently. A burst of sweet red berry fruit, fresh flowers, mint and blood orange give the 2016 its distinctive, effusive personality. The 2016 is remarkably nuanced. Soaring aromatics and silky tannins add to its charm, which is considerable."

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    Wine Advocate, April 2021

    "The Barone Ricasoli 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà sources its fruit from a site at 380 meters in elevation called Monte Morello with calcareous alberese soils. These conditions give extra focus and linearity to the wine with layered aromas of crushed stone and spice. The wine is equally fruity with blackberry, wild cherry and crushed rose petal. Colledilà is a classic and lasting expression from Gaiole in Chianti."

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    James Suckling, July 2020

    "The purity of fruit here is stunning with blackberry, blueberry and orange-peel aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with ultra fine tannins. Racy and focused with precision and polish that is very impressive for the vintage. Drinkable now, but better after 2022."

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    Wine & Spirits, April 2020

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    Wine Spectator, October 2020

    "Loamy earth and woodsy aromas and flavors set the tone for this savory red, which offers a cherry note from start to finish, along with a deft touch of new oak lending spice accents. Shows poise and persistence. Best from 2021 through 2036. 2,250 cases made, 75 cases imported."

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  • 95

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    Wine Advocate, September 2019

    "The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà (100% Sangiovese) delivers a tight and focused bouquet that is distinguished by dark fruit aromas, cherry and tart cassis with spice, wild rose and sweet earth at the back. The wine is fresh and firm on the palate, however, it is also immediate in character, meaning that you don't need to wait too much longer to pop the cork. Like the other wines from Barone Ricasoli, the intensity and the brawn of the mouthfeel has been intentionally toned down to give this wine a more elegant and light approach, a nice accompaniment to some delicate charcuterie. Some 27,000 bottles were made."

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "A beautiful nose that shows dark plums, vanilla, tar, tobacco and spices. Full-bodied and very powerful with punchy tannins, but some real integration to the agile fruit and acidity. The complexity and depth at the end is breathtaking. Drink in 2023."

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  • 90

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    Wine Spectator, October 2018

    "There is a tactile sensation to this red, with bittersweet cocoa details underlining cherry, loamy earth and mineral flavors. Lush and firm, with a compact finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 300 cases imported."

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  • 94

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    Wine Advocate, October 2018

    "From a single parcel of vines planted on soils rich with alberese stones, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà is a beautiful expression of 100% Sangiovese that offers a very genuine interpretation of this warm and sunny vintage. You absolutely taste the ripeness of the fruit at hand with dark cherry and blackberry flavors followed by tar, licorice and potting soil. These earthy aromas transport your mind and soul to the thickly forested Gaiole in Chianti area. Bottle production for this wine is 18,000 strong."

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    James Suckling, October 2017

    "This is fantastic Gran Selezione with such finesse and beauty. Medium body, delicate tannins and a juicy finish. Love the plum and cedar character. So subtle and polished. Drink now."

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