2009 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $80)

SKU #1182733 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino opens to gorgeous floral tones that frame a darker core of dark fruit. The wine is extremely elegant, especially in the delicate way it puts forth its ethereal aromas of cola, licorice and grilled herb layer after layer. The palate delivers structure and good freshness. Drink: 2018-2028. Caroline Pobitzer and Jan Erbach run a tight ship at Pian dell’Orino. I had a chance to taste through barrels in their circular winery and it was here that I began to develop my happy expectations concerning the 2012 vintage. I also learned that this industrious couple who chose to live in Montalcino from distant lands (they fell in love here), had recently embarked on an ambitious mapping effort to delineate the four quadrants of the appellation according to soil and other factors. This is a project they started and funded on their own. I sincerely hope that the map they have produced leads to a greater dialogue on the need for recognized sub zones in Montalcino.  (2/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright medium red. Captivating aromas of red cherry, violet, licorice and tobacco are complicated by a note of gunflint. Lush and sweet but with outstanding definition and lift to the flavors of raspberry, red cherry jelly, minerals and mocha. The juicy, long finish features smooth, sweet tannins that expand with air and repeating notes of red cherry and flint. A fleshier than usual style of Brunello for owners Jan Erbach and Caroline Pobizer, but this creamy, ripe wine is once again one of the handful of top wines of the Denominazione. In fact, Erbach told me he much prefers this wine to the wonderful '08 he made last year.  (7/2014)

91 points Vinous

 The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is supple, fleshy and resonant. Dark red cherries, violets, new leather and spices are some of the notes that take shape in an easygoing wine to drink while some of the more important recent vintages rest in the cellar. The 2009 saw an unheard of seven weeks on the skins. There will be no Riserva in 2009.  (5/2014)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2015 | Send Email
A unique Brunello...Very terroir driven, non-interventionist style. The wine starts out with crushed purple flowers and is quite blue fruited. Hard ground spices, and a touch of interesting, complex, subtle reduction (that does not detract from the wine in any way). The wine is silky on the palate, with long chain tannins, it has nice texture and pure fruit. Very graphite, stone, slate on the later part of the palate. Very complex and "intellectual" in style. A really authentic, expressive wine to savor and observe as it opens in the glass.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2015 | Send Email
At Pian Dell Orino, it is apparently all about the farming, meticulous, detail oriented vine by vine farming, with lots of work by hand. It shows in the quality of the wine: ripe and not lacking intensity, but very purely fruited and what I refer to as breathability - a textural quality that does not tire the tongue, the gums or the palate. This is at the higher end of the Brunello pricing spectrum but is so tasty and well made that you may well find it worth the investment.

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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.


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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.