2010 I Collazzi I.G.T. Toscana
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JS 95 points
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I Collazzi Vineyards & Villa I Collazzi Suckling's 95pt Super Tuscan Bargain of the Year

For the better part of two decades, James Suckling was the Wine Spectator's most prominent critical voice. Particularly in Tuscany, Suckling set the Spectator on a pedestal, digging up Super Tuscan discoveries with uncanny regularity, tipping off collectors before other pundits weighed in.

A couple months ago, Suckling came through again, lobbing one of the highest scores of the superb 2010 vintage on Carlo and Bona Marchi's I Collazzi.

When James first pulled into this 400-hectare oasis, he saw just what we saw last month. The villa, now restored to Michelangelo's original design, is perched at the top of the hill. Set at the end of a cypress-lined driveway, the two-level garden is breathtaking. The first is a huge stretch of manicured greenery, encircled by 200-year-old oaks and chestnuts. The second, down below, features dozens of classic Tuscan flower beds -- in full bloom by the second week of June.

But neither we nor James Suckling came to I Collazzi for the architecture or for a swim in the rectangular yellow quartz swimming pool. We'd left downtown Florence at 10 am. The five mile drive took all of fifteen minutes. A half hour later, we were treated to a vertical tasting of this deep purple powerhouse which, in the topsy-turvy 2010 growing season, reached for new heights, challenging Tignanello, Ornellaia and Solaia on Suckling's Super Tuscan honor roll.

All over Europe, the spring of 2010 was cold and damp. Tuscany would be no exception. Flowering was late at I Collazzi, close to two weeks behind 2009. In July, Nature turned on the heat lamp. The weather remained warm and dry right through September. Both the earlier-ripening Cabernet Franc and Merlot reached perfect phenolic maturity in late September.

But, the core of I Collazzi is Cabernet Sauvignon, and it would be a series of decisions taken in the vines leading up to the mid-October harvest that most explain the extravagant concentration and plushness of this brilliant 2010. In July, and then again in August, the brothers dropped crop on this hand-tended 15 acre parcel, thus jumpstarting concentration in the clusters that were left hanging. The Cabernet Sauvignon was left hanging under blue Indian summer skies well after the Cabernet Franc and Merlot harvest. When the call to pick was finally sounded, it was mid-October, one of the latest harvest days in the history of this magnificent estate.

Suckling called the 2010 I Collazzi "very balanced and beautiful," before dropping a 95-point bomb. With a single stroke of his pen, the most respected Italian wine critic the Wine Spectator has ever known sent collectors scrambling.



Tasting Notes

2010 I Collazzi I.G.T. Toscana
"Deep purple/black to the brim with gorgeous aromas of crushed black fruits, underbrush, a light splash of Balsamic. Rich and powerful on the attack, packed with Napa-like blackberry preserves, violets, velour-like in texture, all braced by classic supple tannin, Tuscan backbone. Drink now for its primary fruit opulence or lay down for a decade."
-- WineAccess Travel Log, June 2013

"Aromas of currants and minerals with blueberries. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and fruit. Very balanced and beautiful. Give it three to four years of bottle age Amazing Bordeaux blend. Best red ever from here. Try in 2015."
95 points -- James Suckling


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