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2015 Cava d'Onice "Colombaio" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1442740 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Bright oranges, earth, heather, violets, bracken, tar and sandalwood make for a very compelling nose. Full-bodied and compressed on the palate with grainy, grippy tannins and loads of zesty, enticing red fruit. Medium-long on the finish. Drink in 2022. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This hits all the right notes, from the cherry, black currant, mineral and tobacco flavors to the lively structure and polished tannins. A woodsy mushroom element adds interest as this builds to a lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2042. (BS) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Colombaio is the Nannetti's family's first vineyard site, purchased in the 1980s. Just half a hectare, this northeast-facing vineyard reaches 430 metres of altitude. It sees a short passage in barriques before ageing in small Slavonian and French oak casks. Cedar and forest floor make way for heady cherry and strawberry, with an appealing note of bitter orange peel coming out on the palate. Very concentrated with upfront, grippy tannins, this needs a couple of years to settle down. (MM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Mid ruby. Compact nose that is yet to open up fully and with a quite pure, tangy cherry fruit palate. Long, succulent and deep with plenty of fruit framed by grainy tannins. 17+/20 points. (WS) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

95 points International Wine Report: The 2015 Cava d’Onice ‘Colombaio’ is beautiful and well-articulated on the nose offering aromas of red plums, currants, raspberries and hibiscus flowers. There is a bohemian and distinctive nature of this red, which shows wonderful character and personality. On the palate this is full-boded, yet with rigid tannins with a fine and well-made nature and an eccentric quality leading up to the dynamic finish. Intriguing and interesting in its evolution, even at this youthful stage, this is a sensational Brunello that will have a wonderful future. RV

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