Colognole

Rùfina, Toscana

Toscana

A fine old family estate that is skilfully directed by Gabriella Spalletti and her sons Cesare and Mari who have hardly put a foot wrong since re-creating the farm as ‘Colognole’ in 1990.
In the 50’s and 60’s the wines were sold under the family name ’Spalletti’, it was a hugely successful enterprise which came to an end when one of the clan sold their shares to Cinzano, today the brand still exists but it has nothing to do with the family whose name it bears.

The success of Colognole is built on a quiet obsession to overcome, even to relish the challenges presented by Rùfina. 
Cesare jokes that with a little more global warming his life will be easier, however, it is altitude and sparse, washed out top soils that just cover the limestone slopes of Mount Giovi that make this terroir so unique. 
Extremes of day to night temperatures mean that the vines enjoy a long growing season, the development of the grapes is perfect to preserve subtleties of flavour and these wines are amongst the most long lived in all of Italy.

Vintage reports from Chianti Classico rarely apply to Rùfina, the region is used to cool vintages although in hot years the wines have more in common. 
Considerable work has gone into selecting the correct clones of Sangiovese at Colognole, there are also complimentary plantings of Canaiolo, their variety is a legacy of their land that has been protected and nurtured throughout the years. 
There are plantings of Chardonnay, and some Syrah and Merlot on a tiny site at the highest point of the vineyard.

The style of their wines is uncompromising, the Chianti is pure and expressive Sangiovese - no Merlot or Cabernet is used to moderate and colour the wine. 
Should there be a question mark over a vintage then no wine is made; in 2010 the vineyards were hit by hail three times and the grapes of this ‘unfortunate vintage’ were sold to fortunate local cooperatives.

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  1. Colognole. Chardonnay 'Sinopie' 2016

    Colognole Chardonnay Sinopie
    Toscana IGT


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  2. Colognole. Chianti 'Sinopie' 2016

    Warm cherry, slightly earthy mineral fruit – a very classic Rùfina.


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  3. Colognole. Chianti Rufina 2013

    Colognole Chianti Rufina
    Chianti Rufina DOCG


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  4. Colognole. Chianti Rufina 'Collezione' 2009

    Colognole Chianti Rufina Collezione
    Chianti Rufina DOCG


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  5. Colognole. Chianti Rufina Riserva 'Don' 2009

    Rich elegant tannins, full, bright, cherry laden fruit with secondary mushroom and sotto di bosco coming through.


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  6. Colognole. Chianti Rufina 2012 Magnum

    A wine with real restraint and balance, damson and sloe flavours, fresh and invigorating, an absolutely classic Chianti Rufina, the vintage is somehow looser and the better for it.


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    £35.00
  7. Colognole. Chianti Rufina Riserva 'Don' 2011 Magnum

    Pepper, full spiced damson and plum masking a fairy substantial tannic structure. An unusual wine to come out of Rufina, this is more like a Montalcino wine.


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    £55.00

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