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Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The furthest south of these wines, also at about 900 foot elevation, 18 to 20 day maceration, highest alcohol of the bunch Perfumed and gently spicy on the nose with an accent of oak and sweetness layered over strawberry and mineral fruit, turning a bit smoky with nutty oak. Smooth and polished in the mouth with nice strong strawberry fruit on the palate. The tannins are rather soft here with good acids supporting this modest wine. The backend shows some hints of jammy wild strawberry fruit. Gentle and small but rather attractively fruit driven right through the modest finish. 89pts

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Col D Orcia:
The Col D’Orcia estate is one of the oldest companies of Montalcino, being present in 1933 with the name “Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle” at the First Exhibition of Italian wines held in Siena, with three vintages of Brunello. The origin of the estate dates back to the first half of the XVIII century when the noble family Delle Ciaia of Siena established an estate in the area of Sant’Angelo i... Read more
The Col D’Orcia estate is one of the oldest companies of Montalcino, being present in 1933 with the name “Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle” at the First Exhibition of Italian wines held in Siena, with three vintages of Brunello. The origin of the estate dates back to the first half of the XVIII century when the noble family Delle Ciaia of Siena established an estate in the area of Sant’Angelo in Colle which increased year by year. In the second half of the nineteenth century the ownership was passed to the Servadio family and subsequently to the Franceschi family. In 1973 Count Alberto Marone Cinzano took over the company, with the aim to contribute to the development and success of Montalcino and its Brunello on world markets. From 1977 the company has been under the direction of Edoardo Virano and from 1992 the Col D’Orcia estate is presided over by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/09/2014

The furthest south of these wines, also at about 900 foot elevation, 18 to 20 day maceration, highest alcohol of the bunch Perfumed and gently spicy on the nose with an accent of oak and sweetness layered over strawberry and mineral fruit, turning a bit smoky with nutty oak. Smooth and polished in the mouth with nice strong strawberry fruit on the palate. The tannins are rather soft here with good acids supporting this modest wine. The backend shows some hints of jammy wild strawberry fruit. Gentle and small but rather attractively fruit driven right through the modest finish. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1990 11/10/2008

With just an initial whiff of brett to lose this opens with a richly fruited nose tinged with sour and meaty notes. Deep and a touch sharply spicy this offers up nuanced notes of charcoal and clay as well as ashy and stony tones that frame the sweet black raspberry fruit so well. A touch of cigar wrapper adds to the mix with air. The palate fulfills the promise of the nose with a big black berry fruited entry supported by ripe tannins and great acidity leaving the wine plush yet vibrant with licorice, mineral, and bitter almond tones adding contrast to the wonderfully fresh core of fruit. Powerful through the backend and into a long finish this could stand to be cellared for a few more years but is really wonderful tonight. 92pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/09/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,499
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 05/04/2013

I thought about pouring this one through the aerator, but instead just let it breathe for an hour before tasting. The nose is quite complex, with a lot of different aromas going on that it almost makes you dizzy, there is a lovely smoky aroma that pervades the nose, with hints of dark fruit, leather and oak, and then there is a sudden twang of tart cherry that sort of hits you from behind. You really don't know what to expect from the nose, but on your first sip, it hits you with lovely ripe fruit up front, blackberry and plum, and then a bit of tart cherry as you transition to some floral notes, rose petals and a bit of anise midpalate. The tannins are very well structured, supporting a long, lush and very dry finish that seems to go on for a minute or more. I know it was a terrible vintage and I'm not supposed to like it, but this one just brought me straight back the the last time I was in Florence, enjoying some fava beans on Tuscan toast at a little cafe down the street from Il Duomo. If a wine can do that, it can't be all bad! See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/05/2002-tenuta-col-d-brunello-di.html


Snooth User: Girgentina
53977813
3.00 5
Vintage: 2002 07/25/2010

Tasted this wine 4 times till now. Never really impressed. Complex on the nose with incense and vanilla as the primary aromas together with some berries. Tannins well integrated with a long finish however the palate was a bit disappointing. Not what you would expect from a brunello (Seemed very thin and vegetal) I'm not sure I would agree with the comments above about the good ageing potential. I do not think it has the acidity to withstand the test of time.


Snooth User: totallyfake1
4147514
4.50 5
Vintage: 2000 01/19/2008

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: 1
10453917
3.00 5
Vintage: 1999 12/13/2008

A tawny color with a brick rim. Leather, licorce and earth suggest a old world wine. Notes of cedarbox suggest the use of French oak. Medium plus body, high acidity, medium plus alcohol, medium tannins, with dried fruit chracter. Like tempranillo in its tobacco leaf almost savory quality but tempranillo would have more tannins and is lower in acidity. Well balanced with medium plus intensity, medium plus length, medium plus concentration, with a high complexity and a medium plus finish suggests a higher quality sangiovese such as a Brunello di Montalcino. Drink now ideally but would age for 3-5 additional years.


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 03/04/2009

[Landmarc] first bottle was corked. raisins/dried sour cherries, heavy, medium-bodied; paired well wit tomatoess and pesto. Considering over great options probably will not buy more.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,229
4.00 5
Vintage: 1990 11/10/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Brunello di Montalcino 2005 - 5 stars, Restaurant Wine/ Superb Brunello Riserva. It is finely flavored and rich; a supple, full bodied, stylish wine, with excellent depth and length. In aroma/flavor, it is reminiscent of cherry, rose petal, pepper, spicy oak, and orange peel.


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

/ My annual list of the most memorable wines and spirits I've tasted ranges far and wide this year, covering classic and trend-setting bottles from a half-dozen countries. 2000 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino: a deliciously approachable style for Tuscany's big red.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

/ Blueberry, forest berry and a delicate floral touch round off richly toasted notes that glide smoothly over a harmonious whole.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005 - Multi-Review/ An improvement over past vintages, thanks to the elegance of its fruit and the richness of its consistency. The wine is bursting with cherry and cassis flavors and it shows harmony and a firm, streamlined nature to its mouthfeel.


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Brunello di Montalcino 2004 - 92 Points, Wine & Spirits/ Under this wine's scents of dark herbs and roses, there's some initial reduction that needs air to relent. Beyond that lies a fresh and mouthwatering wine, with gentle tannins and potent black fruit - until you come back later, when the tannins seem potent and the fruit more accommodating. Either way, the textural weave melds the wine into a harmonious whole, needing age to show its best.


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - 91 points, International Wine Cellar/ Good deep red. Redcurrant and raspberry fruit aromas complicated by licorice and pungent minerality. Sweet, supple and harmonious; concentrated and fat...Finishes with serious, chewy tannins...


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Brunello di Montalcino 2004 - 4 Stars, Decanter/ Perfumed, savoury, tea leaf notes. Lovely balance, depth and length, all in balance. Beautifully judged - superb.


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