2017 Castello Di Volpaia Coltassala Gran Selezione


The 2017 is striking, an ample and rich expression with tremendous depth that really captures the alluring nature of Sangiovese. Bright aromas of crushed cherries and hints of strawberry float above pine needles and some fresh herbs. A hot, dry growing season delivers voluminous fruit flavors of sweet dark cherry and plum with oak influences of leather, tobacco and vanilla. Sample it slowly to enjoy a tasty evolution in the glass.

Located in the medieval village of Volpaia, this extensive estate is more than 900 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woods. Located on a hilltop just north of the town of Radda in Chianti, the estate's vineyards sit between 1,300 and 2,100 feet above sea level in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. With 114 acres under vine and a spare-no-expense approach with the best toys in the cellar, this is one house that you should know about.

18 months
Total Varietal Composition %:
95% Sangiovese, 5% Mammolo
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750 ml Bottle
James Suckling

Transparent and linear with currant and cherry aromas and flavors. It’s beautifully fine and bright with crushed cherries and berries and hints of strawberries. Pine needles and fresh herbs, too. Very silky tannins and a palate that shows poise and polish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.



The 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala is striking. Rich and ample, with tremendous depth, the 2017 shows all of the mystique that makes Sangiovese so alluring. Sweet dark cherry, dark plum, leather, licorice, menthol and tobacco build as the 2017 shows off its breadth and personality. The Coltassala has a bit more volume and oak influence than the other Volpaia wines, but it's an approach that works so well here.


Wine Advocate

A real beauty, the 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Coltassala (made with organic fruit) shows medium-rich textural fiber with plenty of dark fruit, cherry, spice and leather. The important thing to mention here is how light and elegantly fragrant this wine remains despite the considerable heat and dryness of the growing season. In fact, all those fruit tones emerge with terrific purity and focus, backed by acidity and integrated structure, that invite an evening-long sampling with some medium-aged pecorino.