80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Ciliegiolo
ColleMassari is the most important and largest estate of the Montecucco appellation. The vineyards are located on the Montecucco hill that gives name to the appellation. The vines on the Montecucco hill are the oldest Sangiovese vines of the DOCG (more than 60 years old). Although it is a “new” DOCG, wine has been made in Montecucco since the time of the Etruscans in the 8th century. The wine making tradition is now continued by Maria Iris Bertarelli and Claudio Tipa, who purchased the vineyard in 1998 to be the heart of the Montecucco DOC that it was their vision to create. Montecucco is located between Montalcino, and Scansano, and benefits from microclimates similar to both of those regions. ColleMassari produced its first vintage in 2000.
What The Critics Say
17/20 and Very Good Value, Jancis Robinson
"Dark garnet. Lots of bite and conviction – not just heat! Masses of personality. Long and rich but not hot. Real punch to this tangy wine. Exciting! Only just ready. -- 80% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Collemassari estate comprises 120 ha of vineyards within a 1,200-ha mixed farm near the village of Cinigiano in the DOC of Montecucco. The vineyard at 300 m elevation, on marl and alluvial soils, was planted in 1999 and has always been farmed organically. Harvest is by hand with a yield of around 5 t/ha. Grapes were destemmed before being placed into stainless steel vats and oak tonneaux. Spontaneous fermentation was followed by a three- to four-week maceration before the wine was racked off into a combination of 40-hl oak vats and smaller oak tonneaux where it was further aged for 18 months. Bottled unfined in July 2017. Winemaker Luca Marrone. TA 5.1 g/l, pH 3.65, RS 0.52 g/l. Available from 78 branches including WaitroseCellar.com.
VGV." Drink 2019 - 2025
94/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2013 vintage)
"The 2013 Rosso Riserva is superb. Rich, ample and dramatic on the palate, the 2013 fleshes out effortlessly in all directions. Dark cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and new leather shape this pliant and beautifully resonant Sangiovese/Ciliegiolo/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. This is one of the finest wines I have tasted from ColleMassari."
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