2009 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1165153 94 points Vinous

 Col d'Orcia's 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is drop-dead gorgeous. Fleshy, rich and layered, yet with terrific freshness, the 2009 impresses for its balance and pure vibrancy. Juicy red berries, mint, rose petals, autumn leaves and sweet spices all meld together on the finish. The 2009 is a bit more forward than other recent releases has been, but in this case, that is not a bad thing at all, as the wine is drinking beautifully today. Winemaker Antonino Tranchida took full advantage of the ability to use younger vintages and added some 2010 and 2012 to freshen up the 2009. This is a gorgeous wine by any measure, made all the more remarkable by production in excess of 200,000 bottles.  (5/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a core of balsamic and underbrush flavors, with hints of cherry, licorice and leather. Coffee and mineral accents add interest as this dense, firm red unfolds. Shows fine length on the vibrant finish. Best from 2016 through 2025.  (6/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Moderately saturated bright red. 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 and a slightly medicinal quality. A very solid entry-level Brunello.  (7/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino shows the extra attention required in this difficult vintage, especially when it comes to the careful extraction of tannins and color following a hot growing season. The expert winemaking team under Managing Director Edoardo Virano has crafted an immediately approachable Brunello with bright berry, tobacco and backing spice aromas. The mouthfeel is leaner and less commanding than past vintages but the firmness of the tannin does pop through at the back, rendering a measured sense of structure and endurance. Like many of its peers, this wine is engineered for near-term consumption. Drink: 2015-2020. (ML)  (2/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 Col d’Orcia’s straight Brunello starts with aromas of leafy underbrush, mature black fruit, leather and a hint of grilled herbs. The ripe, forward palate offers black raspberry and dark cherry layered with notes of milk chocolate and coffee. It’s soft, round and very accessible, so enjoy sooner rather than later.  (5/2014)

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.