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For years, CORBAIA was made illegally, in defiance of Tuscany’s backwards wine laws. Just for friends and family, the legend of this wine grew with time, and when finally approved, it decimated the competition, easily matching the intensity and class of such heavyweights as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Flaccianello. This direct import cuts the price on this awesome wine to under $50 – that’s nuts!! Just 42 cases available, so snap it up!
About the wine
The aromatic seduction of a Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a sensory pleasure few ever forget. The sizzling herbs, wafting scents of great steak and the savory flavors of a robust Super-Tuscan can cement dreams of Italy in one’s mind for life. Corbaia is that smell, that taste – captured in the glass. Beloved by Italian wine collectors, nothing transports one back to Siena quite like a good bottle of Corbaia. Named for the vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Bossi some 42 years ago, this Super-Tuscan is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, which results in a wine of superb finesse and elegance.
From the Wine Advocate: “Castello di Bossi is a flagship producer from the Castelnuovo Berardenga sub zone in the southern part of the appellation. To my mind, Marco Bacci's wines offer one of the most authentic representations of this special growing area. The climate is a bit warmer here and the soils a bit thicker. Consequently, Castello di Bossi makes wines that are on the far side of the Chianti Classico spectrum in terms of power, intensity and concentration. The wines from the 2011 vintage show especially broad shoulders thanks to the warm summer season.”
Winemaker: Marco Bacci, Alberto Antonini
- 94-96 pts: Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
- 93+ pts: Vinous
- 93 pts: Wine Advocate
- 4.1/5.0: Vivino Users (27 ratings)
Grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooperage: 18-24 months in new French Oak
About the winery
With a history dating back to the 9th century AD, the Castello di Bossi estate has evolved with the times. A dynamic team leads the estate and never shies from technological innovation, while remaining true to the terroir of Chianti. It is this balance that has been a key part of Marco Bacci’s vision as he has brought Castello di Bossi to the highest ranks of international wine. As the mastermind of Castello di Bossi, he oversees all operations, from beginning to end, with careful attention to detail. In the last 10 years, Marco has added two properties to his holdings: Renieri in Montalcino and Terre di Talamo in the Morellino di Scansano appellation. Throughout it all, Castello di Bossi has earned the highest scores and acclaim for their robust wines from southern Chianti.
About the vineyard
The Corbaia vineyard was planted nearly four decades ago when the Bacci family correctly surmised that Berardenga – home of such fine vineyards as Felsina, Argiano and Coltibuono – would be warm enough to grow good Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet the rules at the time forbid the planting of such grapes. And the best winemakers were frustrated – and rebellious – against these rules that kept them from improving quality. This sparked the revolution of the wines known as “Super-Tuscans” which abandoned the system to make the greatest wines in Tuscan history. Known for their single-vineyard wines and non-traditional blends, wines like Corbaia are now the flagship offerings from this region with both history and forward-looking winegrowers.
About the winemaker, Marco Bacci & Alberto Antonini
Guiding Marco Bacci in the winemaking is none other than Alberto Antonini, named by Decanter magazine as one of the world’s 5 top winemakers. Antonini first came to prominence for his Super-Tuscan stylings as head winemaker at Antinori. He was also head winemaker at Col d’Orcia in Montalcino and assistant winemaker at Frescobaldi. Add to that his reign at Bibi Graetz, Tuscany’s Poggio al Tesoro and his time consulting at Robert Mondavi among several other wineries around the world. All along the way, Antonini has drawn acclaim for his modern, Italian-accented wines with supple textures and regional flavors.
94-96 points, Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
“Since visiting Castello di Bossi over a decade ago, this Super Tuscan has been one of my favorites. The power, balance and finesse are rarely matched in my opinion. The rich hue of the ruby-red color reminds me of the magical light at sunset hitting the marble towers of Sienna, which you can see in the distance from the castle. On the nose, Tuscan scents of lavender, rosemary and cedar mingle with crushed dark black currant fruit, lightly roasted coffee beans and cured meats. On the palate, salumi savoriness (think prosciutto) complements the sweet cherry-plum and dark blackberry fruit core with hints of shiitake mushrooms, vanilla and Swiss chocolate on the long finish. The body is full with a vibrant and richly textured tannic structure that will ensure this wine can be enjoyed for many more decades. Corbaia would be a perfect complement to mushroom risotto with wild boar sausage or a simple Bistecca alla Fiorentina (grilled porterhouse Tuscan style)."
93+ points, Vinous
"The 2011 Corbaia is superb. Iron, smoke, chalk and a host of ferrous, savory notes draw the taster in. Far from an easy going or blowsy 2011, the Corbaia stands out with its impressive structure and persistence, both of which balance the ripeness of the year nicely. This powerhouse Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend could use another few years in bottle to fully come together, but it is impressive today. Readers should expect a wine built on structure and tension, with distinctly terroir-inflected notes pushed forward and fruit that sits more in the background. This is also a rare 2011 that needs time in bottle to fully open up."
93 points, Wine Advocate
"The 2011 Corbaia is Sangiovese paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a stunning rendition with a focused and delineated style that is absolutely attractive. The wine offers very precise points of dark berry and spice that work as prefect compliments. Together, they offer a pleasing sense of intensity that is bright and vocal, yet never over the top. Corbaia is the kind of wine you'll want to pair with shaved truffles or porcini mushrooms. The wine keeps the palate clean thanks to its firm tannins and bright acidity."