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Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2013

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94 points James Suckling: The deep, rich red-plum nose sucks you into this powerful Brunello that has great fruit and polished, dry tannins that are beautifully in synch. Long, intense and rather complex finish. A great food wine for tonight, but this has the structure to hold for up to a decade. (1/25/18)

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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
89065238,749
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
89065238,749
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
89065238,749
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
92549198,230
4.00 5
Vintage: 1990 11/10/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/18/2014

Brunello di Montalcino 2009 - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 90 points / Pure aromas of red cherry, blueberry, chocolate and licorice, lifted by a violet topnote. Plenty ripe but not heavy, thanks to a juicy herbal underpinning to the fleshy red cherry and tar flavors. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins…


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/08/2015

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 - 92+ points Vinous/ Col d'Orcia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vendemmia is all finesse. Sweet floral and spiced notes open up in the glass, followed by veins of bright red stone fruits. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an attractive, beguiling upper register of aromatics. The 2010 is still a bit raw and much less expressive than it was from barrel, but it is promising.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/18/2014

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 - Restaurant Wine - 5 Stars/ Exceptional Brunello: elegantly flavored, full bodied, and beautifully balanced; a wine with medium richness, supple texture, and a very persistent finish, tasting of cherry, red currant, toast, spicy oak, vanilla, and rosehips. Top quality.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/17/2014

Located in the prestigious wine production area of Montalcino in Tuscany, Val di Suga has the unique advantage of being the only producer with vineyards in all three of Montalcino’s viticultural regions - each with its own individual terroir. Val di Suga employs the Burgundy method, crafting wines that follow appellation regulations but with an additional focus on individual territories; the result is high quality Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino renowned for its aging potential but also approachable when young. Montalcino is a small Tuscan town about 25 miles from Siena; its hills took shape during different geological eras accounting for their highly differing soil characteristics. Montalcino enjoys a typical dry Mediterranean climate with a continental influence due to its location between the sea and the Central Apennines. Val di Suga’s estate is located on 300 acres of which 125 are under vine. Poggio al Granchio, located in the southeast, Vigna Spuntali, located in the southwest and Vigna del Lago, located in the north represent its three diverse production areas. Production Area Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy. Grape Varieties 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Vinification Grapes undergo fermentation/maceration at a controlled temperature of 86°F in stainless steel for 20 days, after which fermentation is concluded in 50hl Slovenian oak casks. The wine ages for 36 months in large oak casks and 300L French oak barrels before aging an additional 12 months in bottle. Color Bright ruby red with garnet reflections. Bouquet Clean, refined notes of dark cherry, prune and violets lead to more complex notes of blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon, chocolate and leather with a touch of mint. Taste Full-bodied yet nimble with lasting flavors of cherry, prune and blueberry. Alcohol 14.5% Serving Suggestions Perfect pairing for game, roasted and grilled meats and medium-aged cheeses.


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.


External Review
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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94 points James Suckling: The deep, rich red-plum nose sucks you into this powerful Brunello that has great fruit and polished, dry tannins that are beautifully in synch. Long, intense and rather complex finish. A great food wine for tonight, but this has the structure to hold for up to a decade. (1/25/18)

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