LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
The first Super-Tuscans were created in the 1970s by Chianti Classico producers who rejected government mandates that determined which grapes were required in their wine, especially with grapes like Trebbiano and Malvasia. The Super-Tuscans were also treated differently from Chianti, aged in small French barriques rather than large Slavonian oak casks. Because the Super-Tuscans did not follow the DOC regulations, they were entitled only to the lowest official designation of the time: Vino da tavola. It wasn’t until 1994 that government recognized the high quality of Super-Tuscans and gave the wine it’s own category – IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica). Volpaia first released Coltassala in 1980 as a Super-Tuscan. The Chianti Classico appellation followed suit, closing the quality gap between Chianti Classico and Super-Tuscans. Now Coltassala is a Chianti Classico Riserva Cru, even though it’s the same Super-Tuscan wine of 1980.
“Violet and lilac aromas make way for blackberry and cherry flavors in this detailed, lacy red. Vibrant and well-structured, with a mouthwatering finish permeated by fruit. Best from 2018 through 2028. 87 cases imported.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, Sept 2017