2015 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala

Year: 2015
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 96
Decanter: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"A stunning red from start to finish, alluring for the cherry, plum, cedar, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. There is grip too, along with bright acidity, ending in a long, resonant aftertaste. Really complex and balanced. Best from 2022 through 2036. 825 cases made, 100 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"This wine has now been upgraded from Riserva to Gran Selezione status. The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala is a beautifully enriched wine that bursts open with a satisfying display of bold fruit, ripe blackberry, tobacco, spice and tar. There is ample muscle and brawn, but the wine shows impressive balance thanks to its soft textural richness and full-bodied approach. The blend is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Mammolo. This is a real beauty that pairs a hot vintage with one of the coolest, high-altitude subzones (Radda in Chianti) in this celebrated appellation. I'm sure this is the best wines I have ever tasted from Castello di Volpaia. Some 12,000 bottles were produced." (WA)

"The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala is powerful and deep in the glass. The greater influence of French oak vis-à-vis the other wines in the range does nothing for the Coltassala. Actually, that is not true. The oak adds an element of hardness and greenness in the tannin profile that is not especially pleasant, or, in fact, needed." (VM)

"A decadent nose of vanilla, brambleberries, resin, coffee beans, tobacco and hot stones with a touch of citrus and other fresher elements. Full-bodied and very intense on the palate, but the ripe tannins also show plenty of firmness. The bright acidity carries this through to a delightfully long finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink in 2021." (JS)

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