At a tasting of Brunello from the superb and rightly high-acclaimed 2004 vintage, this wine shone. It had heavy competition since the 2004 vintage produced many outstanding Brunellos. But this wine was a cut above everything else in the room. It had a rich, earthy, smoky black fruit dense core that is the hallmark of Brunello, but a length and complexity that was staggering. A wine to cellar, it has plenty of supple and ripe - not green and hard - tannins befitting a young wine. But its impeccable balance suggests a gorgeous evolution. In my private scoring system, this wine gets the highest level, WB (for 'would buy').
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Grape Varieties100% Sangiovese
AppellationBrunello di Montalcino DOCG
DescriptionCol d'Orcia is the internationally celebrated producer of one of Italy's most revered red wines, Brunello di Montalcino. Situated on the outskirts of the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino in Tuscany's Siena province, the estate has a rich winemaking history that dates back to the 1700s. In the hands of the Cinzano family since 1973, Col d'Orcia is owned and managed today by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano.
VinificationThe finest grape bunches are rigorously selected during hand-harvesting. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at controlled temperatures below 86ºF with a 25 day maceration period to ensure optimal polyphenolic extraction. The wine is aged a minimum of 6 years prior to release; 4 years in Slavonian and French oak casks followed by at least 2 years refinement in bottle.
ColorDeep ruby red with light garnet hues
NoseIntense and multifaceted; fruit-forward with developing notes of licorice, mushrooms and chocolate that offer further complexity
PalateFull-bodied, well-structured and powerful at first, leading into a soft, caressing and lingering finish
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.3 %TA: 6.2 g/L
750 ml, 1.5 L
Serving SuggestionsA perfect accompaniment to pâtés, foie gras, grilled fish steaks and roasts