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Grape Varieties50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah
- 93 Points
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 three grape varieties are fermented separately in shallow 150hl stainless steel tanks to obtain efficient yet delicate tannin and color extraction. Fermentation on the skins lasts 20 days at controlled temperatures below 86°F. The wine is aged 18 months in new 225 liter French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais). The varieties are aged separately for the first year, then blended and returned to barrel for an additional 6 months followed by one year of bottle refinement prior to release.
ColorDense, dark, with brilliant violet reflections
NoseSpicy notes characteristic of Cabernet are rendered more delicate by the striking fruit of Merlot, with hints of Syrah's clove aromas and vanilla from barrel aging further enriching the blend
PalateAn impressively structured wine with powerful tannins from Cabernet intertwined with multi-dimensional flavors and luscious body from Merlot and Syrah, all brought together with elegance and finesse
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %TA: 5.9 g/L
Serving SuggestionsSplendid with steaks, roasts and hearty red meat dishes.