Collemattoni | Estate winery in Località Collemattoni in the Montalcino region of Tuscany. The Collemattoni estate was created by Aldo Bucci, Marcello Bucci’s father, in 1982. Marcello Bucci studied oenology under Signora Fuligni (Roberto Fuligni’s aunt) and thus there is no need for an external oenologist. Collemattoni produces Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. The estate is certified organic.

Owner | Marcello Bucci.

Vineyards | 7ha. 100% Sangiovese. The vineyards are in four different places, all on the south side on Montalcino: One is near the hamlet of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, another is near Località Sesta and two are in Sant’Angelo in Colle (one of which is Fontelontano, see below). The vineyards lie at altitudes of between 330-400 metres (1,000 to 1,200 feet).

Organic certification | 2013 Full organic certification for the first time.

Red wines

Toscana Rosso, Adone | From east-facing vines on sandy clay with fossil and marl. | 2009 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot.

Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Collemattoni: 2010 Nice depth and clarity (Anteprima 2013). | 2011 15,000 bottles. | 2012 15,000 bottles. Pink fruit, elegant fresh style, not too heavy or extracted, finishes rather bluntly but it was bottled just 3 days ago (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 18,000 bottles. A bit high tone, OK, ripe and savoury smooth (Anteprima 2015). | 2014 Fluid, pretty (Anteprima 2016). | 2018 24,800 bottles.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Collemattoni2000 Sexy modern style, plenty of winemaking, alcohol a little bit hot, OK international style (Anteprima 2005). | 2008 11,000 bottles. Bit of mint, quite extracted tannin but not overly so, good mouthful (Anteprima 2013. | 2009 22,000 bottles. Bit sticky, satisfying, simple, round, bit over-ripe and thus blunt (Anteprima 2014). | 2009 14.5%. L03 13. Green, unripe notes. Simple, fluffy sweet cedar fruit but dusty tannins. Moderate length (Montalcino Consorzio 2014 tasting). | 2010 22,000 bottles. Ripe savoury, good length, lots of fruit (Anteprima 2015). | 2011 Lovely, fluid, very balanced fruit, nice aromatic softness at (Anteprima 2016). | 2012 Bright colour, moreish red fruit with new(ish) oak, plumptious (Anteprima 2017). | 2015 28,000 bottles.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva | 2006 Bottled.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Cru Fontelontano | Marcello Bucci (14 Oct 2014) told me the Fontelontano vineyard comprised 0.42ha of Sangiovese planted (2.80m x 90cm) by his father Aldo in the mid-1970s. The name (a toponym) comes from a water source (‘fonte’, fountain) from which the residents would draw water to make bread for example, despite it being far (‘lontano’) from nearby Sant’Angelo in Colle. Fontelontano faces south-west at an altitude of around 380 metres (1,250 feet), protected from the wind, below Sant’Angelo in Colle, near both Col d’Orcia’s Poggio al Vento vineyard and Val di Suga’s Spuntali vineyard. The soil is very stony, with red clay. The Sangiovese is fermented for 20-25 days in stainless steel tanks and 500-litres French tonneaux. 2,000 bottles. Compared to the normale this has more structure and is more marked by wood. | 2001 Bottled. | 2004 Bottled. | 2006 Bottled. | 2007 Currants on nose but still somehow has a decent line in the middle (Anteprima 2014). | 2007 Vigna Fontelontano Riserva 14.5%. L04 13. Full ruby colour from the core to the rim. Sweet cedar nose coupled with new oak. Similar profile on the palate. Sweet-tasting: oak tannins and over-ripe fruit tannins. Crowd-pleaser that tastes as if it is made for now rather than later. Bright, sense of weightlessness (Montalcino Consorzio 2014 tasting). | 2010 Bottled.

Collemattoni

Loc. Collemattoni, 100

Sant’Angelo in Colle

I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0577.848009

Website www.collemattoni.it