This wine opens to rich intensity and a dark purple-blackish color that is simply gorgeous to behold. The 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is a superb expression that delivers so much joy on almost every measurable level. This vintage offers superb density and intensity with sharply defined aromas of black cherry, ripe blackberry, spice, leather and moist tobacco. There is a sweet note on the close that lasts for a minute or two before returning your taste buds to sophisticated and savory flavors. This is a gorgeous, gorgeous achievement. (ML)
Volume, power and breadth are the signatures of the 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia. This is the first vintage in which Colonia falls in line with the rest of the Fèlsina range from a stylistic standpoint. Among other things, the use of French oak is much more measured than it was in Colonia's first vintages. Next to the flagship Rancia, Colonia is a sleeker, and perhaps a bit more polished, although it doesn't quite offer the same direct expression of Sangiovese. (AG)
The Colonia vineyard boasts a very rocky galestro soil rich in magnesium and iron. Though planted in 1993, it wasn't made as a separate bottling until 2006, and less than 3,000 bottles are produced. It's aged mostly in used barriques , and the 2013 is a heady tangle of underbrush, incense, ripe cherry, mint and fragrant fennel. It's very polished but true to its origins; dense, savoury and mineral with layers of tactile, powdery tannins that will carry the wine for a couple of decades. Drinking window 2020 - 2036 (JA)
Aged in French oak barriques for minimum 30 months. Glowing dark crimson. Autumnal. Intense nose. Quite sweet start and rather voluptuous. Hint of chestnut aromas. Long and fresh. (JR) 17/20 points
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