Tenuta La Novella ‘Casa di Colombo’ Chianti Classico 2010
By International Wine Report
TENUTA LA NOVELLA Chianti Classico 'Casa di Colombo' 2010
Report Date: July, 2014
Suggested Price: $55
Drinking Window: 2014-2017
Producer: Tenuta la Novella
Appellation: Chianti Classico
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2010 ‘Casa di Colombo’ opens with dark cherries, plums, spices and a lovely savory roasted pepper character. Well balanced and shows a lovely silky texture through the finish. A nice value and excellent candidate for an everyday Chianti Classico from a quality vintage to drink now. (Best 2014-2018) - July, 2014 (JD)
By Serge Dore Selections
Chianti Classico 2010 Casa di Colombo
85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot
A specific parcel of vines called Vigna Sughera grow in sandstone soils and are kept at low yields for the Casa di Colombo wine. Grapes are handpicked in mid-October to ensure top ripeness and health. Every step of the winemaking is carefully planned, from the handpicked and sorted grapes to 12 months aging in French oak barrels. The wine is produced in consultation with renowned consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt (dubbed the “world’s hottest winemaker” by Wine Spectator). A bright ruby color opens to delicate notes of red berries, a charming tannic presence and hints of spices lingering in the finish.
Blend: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot
Age of Vines: 15 years on average
Yield: 40 hl/ha
Soil: Sandstone soils
Altitude: 1800 ft above sea level
Density: 5200 vines/hectare
Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels (10% new, 50% one wine, 40% two wines)
Winemaking: Handpicked grapes are gently separated from the stems and then placed in a stainless steel tank. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in these tanks with a system to maintain constant temperature control during the fermentation and maceration period of 12-15 days, with pumping over and breaking down of the cap. Pneumatic press. Malolactic fermentation at 72 degrees F.
About the Estate
In Tuscany, you can feel the effect of time. This is the land of olives and wine, and the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest art and culture. Here you will find the groomed and inviting countryside, and here you will find cultural meccas like Florence and Siena. The landscape is rich with olive groves and vineyards, and the occasional open field where cypress trees line a path up to the estate. One of these leads to Villa de Tenuta la Novella…Perched at 1640 feet altitude, Tenuta la Novella is located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena, in the Chianti Classico appellation. This vast, 465-acre estate lay abandoned for many years, before rediscovering its lost splendor, when in 1996, François Schneider, fascinated by the beauty of the place, decided to restore the magnificent house, with its old cellars dating back to the days of the Medici merchant family, as well as the entire vineyard and surrounding olive groves. Ten years of major works were necessary to restore the estate’s old-world charm. Being natural is a top priority: all of its olive oil, Chianti Classico and Vin Santo are produced organically. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used. Instead, there is a much closer observation of the rhythms and tempos of nature, and everything is done in its own time, following natural cycles.
STEPHANE DERENONCOURT is “recognized by many as the most sensitive and sensible winemaker in all Bordeaux.” (Financial Times). He has been dubbed the “world’s hottest winemaker” by Wine Spectator magazine. The firm he founded, Vignerons Consultants, works with more than 90 wineries around the world, including in the USA Boxwood Winery in Virginia and Rubicon Estate in California. More than 100 wineries a year contact the firm to try to hire him and his team. He incorporates both organic and biodynamic viticulture into his techniques. His approach, at the core, is based on the fundamental concept that a wine gets its richness and personality from the micro-terroir it comes from.
Bertrand Quesne, general manager. Originally from the Auvergne and the son of farmers, he moved to Tuscany to become technical director of the estate, he is advised in the vineyard and cellar by Stéphane Derenoncourt. Laura Borrelli, office manager. Tenuta la Novella’s ‘Italian soul’ is the key contact person for all our clients and visitors. Jean-Olivier Schneider, owner of Tenuta La Novella, loves this family property, where his wish is to create an exceptional brand, true to its identity.
Imported by Serge Dore Selections