Part of the first round of Italian wines we have added to our portfolio recently includes the incredible Chiantis from the Colognole estate located in heart of Chianti Rufina. The area is about 20 kilometers from Florence, nestled in the foothills of the Apennines and is known for its warm summer days and cool nights, rolling hills and perfect weather for making Chianti.
The first references to Chianti Rufina date back to the 15th century, being officially recognized as a unique growing area in the 18th century and achieving its DOCG designation as recently as 1984. What’s DOCG? It’s the highest ranking of provenance for wine in Italy basically meaning “Denomination of Origin Controlled & Guaranteed”. The Chianti Rufina Consortium totals 20 wineries, even though the Rufina DOCG is the smallest of all wine appellations in Chianti, the wines are re-known for their elegance and balance. The Colognole estate and winery has been around for several centuries.
The Spaletti family has owned and been running the Colognole estate for a long time, since the days of Contessa Gabriella Spalleti and they don’t just do wine… You can stay at the old family house that has been converted to an Inn and also dine at the family restaurant next door, Il Colognolo or get a tour of the winery. The whole estate as picturesque and historically preserved as it is, still tries to incorporate all modern day aspects of agri-turism. Enjoy the full effect of a working Tuscan farm and winery, with all the culture, food and wine built in.
I had the fortune and privilege of selling the Colognole wines in my old Lauber days and know the wines well. When the opportunity presented itself via Vino et Spiritus, the winery’s current US importer, for me to represent and distribute the wines in NY, I jumped at the opportunity.
The wine we started with is the current release, 2009 vintage of the Colognole Chianti Rufina DOCG. Yes, 2008 is the current vintage. The winery tends to make and age its wines the old fashioned way, about 18 months in barrell and another 18 months on bottle before release. This tends to add to the terroir that makes the wines lush, elegant, well balanced, slightly rustic with great acidity and a long finish. The extra bottle age makes the 2009 Chianti Rufina that much more sophisticated and well, drinkable… Sometime in 2015 we will add the Colognole Chianti Riserva to our repertoire as well. There are a number of stores already carrying the Colognole Chianti Rufina around NY, but you can always reach out to us at Rad Grapes if you need help locating a bottle or two. By the way, a bottle will run you about $19-$20. Not bad at all…Cheers!