2009 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
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.
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)
Col díOrciaís 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. Itís soft, round and very accessible, so enjoy sooner rather than later.