Torre a Cona ‘Casamaggio’ Colorino 2018

Torre a Cona ‘Casamaggio’ Colorino 2018

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The Colorino grape has a long history in Tuscany as a blending variety that dates back to the 14th century. As a producer of Chianti, we have used Colorino at Torre a Cona to blend with Sangiovese, contributing a deep, dark color to our traditional Chianti wine. On its own, Colorino was thought to never be able to achieve ripeness to be a standalone wine; however with climatic changes over the last decade, warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons have allowed Colorino to show ripe fruit and concentration in addition to its powerful color and structure.

Our Colorino, called 'Casamaggio', refers to the old farmhouse directly next to this single vineyard. As you can see from the front label, it depicts a map from 1749 representing this farmhouse and the surrounding land. The Colorino vineyard is planted on the same Alberese limestone soils that give such unique character and texture to our Sangiovese.

2018, like 2020, was a very temperate and easy vintage that didn’t have the intense heat spikes or weather challenges of 2017. This vintage was stunning for its intense aromatics and floral notes. It is important to note that our Colorino is 100% Colorino del Valdarno. Of the four clones of Colorino, del Valdarno is the only one with a clear pulp, so the texture, the color and body come from longer maceration on the skins. This clone is also higher in acidity, which creates more balance and finesse.

In the vineyard, Colorino is a late-ripening variety like Sangiovese, so in 2018 we focused intently on making sure that we achieved a balance of concentration while maintaining the freshness in the final wine. In the cellar, we macerated the skins on the juice for two weeks in stainless steel before the wine was aged in large Slavonian oak for 12 months before bottling. The 2018 is packed with notes of crushed blackberry, menthol and rather chewy tannins. This is a spectacular vintage for aging as the combination of high acidity with richness, more depth of flavor, truly brings together great potential for further development.