~ Sunset over Collemattoni – Montalcino ~

Collemattoni takes its name from an ancient farmhouse that is the centerpiece of the property and dates to the year 1672.   Since at least 1798, the estate has been in the hands of the Bucci family when Giuseppe, who was “head of a large family” purchased the estate.  Generations have come and gone and today the estate is run by Marcello Bucci with the helpful counsel of his parents.

The Buccis farm just over 11 hectares of vineyards; a small operation, that are scattered throughout the Brunello production zone.   During 2012, the wine production and cellar areas were completely renovated and now the entire process is gravity fed.  Additionally, the estate received organic certification from the 2012 vintage and generates approximately 80% of its own electricity from solar panels.

~ Here you can see the location of Collemattoni relative to Montalcino and its 5 distinct vineyards scattered throughout the zone ~

Today we’re looking at two wines from Collemattoni that have yet to be fully released.   Named after the current owner’s father,  the 2015 Adone Toscano Rosso is a simple every day wine.  A medium violet in the glass, the wine is a blend of  95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot.   On the nose, the wine displays soft notes of red fruits and earth.  On the palate, this straight forward red is light bodied with soft berry notes and hints of spice.  On the finish, there’s a tiny hint of bitterness.  Macerated for 10 days in stainless steel, this would pair well with tomato based soups and pizza.  Invoke the kiss principle here.  84 points.  Disclosure: This was a producer provided sample.

~ An every day house red blended with a tiny proportion of Merlot ~


~ Collemattoni’s new barrel cellar is immaculate and was finished in time for the 2012 harvest. Completely gravity fed from the time the grapes are hand selected to their final rest in barrel. ~

Next up was Collemattoni’s wonderful 2015 Rosso di Montalcino.  This wine displays the finesse and elegance of the 2015 vintage in Montalcino and is a wonderful red to drink in the near term.  A clear medium ruby in the glass, don’t be fooled by what appears to be a lack of concentration in the color.  Vivid aromas of flowers, crushed fruit and spice lift from the glass.  On the palate, the flavors of this medium bodied red are persistent with fennel, mineral notes, crushed berries and hints of vanilla.  Vinified in stainless steel, the wine is then aged in 32HL Slavonian Tonneaux for 12 months before 3-4 months bottle rest prior to release.  This wine paired wonderfully with a range of antipasti at a local Trattoria such as: Crab cakes, fried Calamari, Eggplant Rollatini and Filet Mignon Polpetti.  90 points.  Disclosure: This bottle was a producer provided sample.

~ Another fine example from the wonderful 2015 vintage ~

Neither of these wines are available yet in the United States but EU readers can locate them already.  Wine Searcher


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