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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