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Chianti Rufina Riserva del Don DOCG by Colognole 2011

Chianti Rufina Riserva del Don DOCG

by Colognole 2011

Producer : Colognole

Region : Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"Here's a beautiful creation from Colognole. The 2011 Chianti Rufina Riserva del Don is delicate and finessed with wild berry aromas, blackberry, spice, leather and pressed rose petal. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in oak for two years. Only 8,000 bottles are produced. Riserva del Don is a dark and nicely saturated wine with good length, balanced acidity and general intensity. If you are looking for Tuscan elegance, this Chianti Rufina will not disappoint."

92 points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Oct 2016

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 92
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Colognole
Region Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2011
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Sangiovese
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $479.40

The Producer

Colognole

The Colognole estate is run by two brothers, Mario and Cesare Coda Nunzinate, who are passionate about the Chianti Rufina terroir. They have built a name for themselves in this small appellation just northeast of the historic Chianti Classico region. The vineyards of Colognole lie 230-450 metres above sea level on the slopes of Mount Giovi where the land is steep, and the soils are thin. Over time, rich soil accumulated along the Sieve River banks, leaving poor soils on the slopes - perfect for growing high quality grapes.

As a result, the wines are elegant and gentle, coupled with lingering tannins and fruit-forward aromatic qualities. Ripening Sangiovese grapes to perfection is a difficult task. In Chianti Rufina, low temperatures and frequent rain make it necessary to reduce yields. To further elevate the quality of the fruits, the Colognole vineyards have been carefully replanted.

The Nunzinate brothers thoroughly analyzed the different soil compositions, selected the proper clones and rootstocks, and positioned the vines for maximum sun exposure. The results achieved by this vast vineyard re-working over the last ten years have been impressive. Today, the wines of Colognole have attained the depth, complexity, and ageing capacity far beyond the best wines from Chianti Classico at a fraction of the price, which is an accomplishment worth celebrating.

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