Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Brunello di Montalcino

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 
  • Tuscany, 
  • italy

Latest Awards

  • 94 points Wine Spectator , June 2024
  • 94 points Wine Advocate , December 2023

As one of the original estates of Montalcino and now the largest certified organic vineyard in Tuscany, Col d’Orcia is a leader in Brunello di Montalcino helping to define and promote one of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Tradition, integrity, and sustainability are the pillars of the estate, whose classic style wines are marked by balance and elegance. Col d’Orcia is considered a “traditional” producer of Brunello di Montalcino for its use of aging wine in large Slavonian oak barrels and for the prolonged periods in which the wines are aged. This process ensures that Sangiovese is the true star; the backbone to the wine’s structure and age-ability, rather than the oak.


The estate’s name translates to “the hill overlooking the Orcia River,” due to its position in between the undulating hills of the Orcia River and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Here, vineyards are comprised of limestone and marl soils. At 1,500 ft a.s.l., the estate is favorably positioned against Mount Amiata, which helps protect against floods and hail. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with limited rainfall coming in from the Tyrrhenian coast, 21 miles away. The 2019 vintage in Montalcino experienced a mild winter, excepting January when the temperatures dipped. A rainy second half of February continued into a rainy and cool spring. June and July were sunny, with only one major rainfall. August was seasonally average. Thanks to the abundant water reserves and the lack of extreme heat, the foliage remained efficient all season long. This resulted in slow, consistent ripening of the grapes, excellent for obtaining a perfect balance of phenolics, acidity and tannin compounds.

Winemaking & Aging

Manual harvest with rigorous selection of the best grapes in the vineyard and cellar. Temperature controlled 18–20-day fermentation in shallow, stainless-steel tanks designed to extract tannin and color efficiently but delicately. The wine is aged three years in 25, 50 and 75 hl Slavonian and Allier (French) oak casks, followed by one year refinement in bottle.

Tasting Notes

Pleasant fruity notes of black cherry and jam, followed by the classic hints of spices and vanilla. The profile is warm, with ripe and clear tannins. Intense and persistent, leading to a long finish.


The certified organic Col d'Orcia 2019 Brunello di Montalcino shows ripe fruit, blackberry, earthy notes, licorice and, generally speaking, a much bigger and riper fruit profile compared to its peers. It offers full-bodied Brunello opulence to enjoy over the near or medium term, and the wine delivers dried fruit flavors of prune and fig to close. The tannins are velvety and add to the richness of the rather upfront and immediate mouthfeel. An ample 250,000 bottles were created. – M.L.

Wine Advocate - December 2023


Quite a departure for this estate, the 2019 is immediately inviting and expressive. It seduces with dulcet tones of red rose, cherry, and sweet thyme. Expansive and capacious, the palate unfolds fluidly with layers of luscious red plum and pomegranate. Hibiscus, rose water and orange are tucked in every crevasse. A brilliant demonstration Sangiovese’s tasty succulence. Deceptively gentle to begin, fine sandy tannins build in an ageworthy crescendo. At the vintage’s pre-release tasting late 2023, Col d’Orcia celebrated its 50th anniversary. Kudos to the Marone Cinzano family who continue to elevate the denomination through ongoing research and development, encouraging biodiversity and embracing large scale organic cultivation. – M.M.

Decanter - November 2023


This tightly packed version is resonant and persistent, with fine integration of all its components, despite being compact and austere today, revealing cherry, raspberry, rose, earth and mineral flavors. Give this the benefit of the doubt. Best from 2026 through 2042. 20,000 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. -B.S.

Wine Spectator - June 2024


Depths of dried black cherry come together with cedar shavings and worn leather as the darkly alluring 2019 Brunello di Montalcino slowly evolves in the glass. This is surprisingly juicy and energetic, with a pure blend of red fruits and inner florals coasting along a fresh acidity stream. Fine tannins settle in through the finish as the 2019 takes on a youthful tension, puckering the cheeks as tart cranberry notes fade through the youthfully chewy finale. -E.G.

Vinous - November 2023


Pure and refined wine with lively raspberries, red cherries, rose hips and a touch of citrus blossom. Medium- to full-bodied with firm yet silky tannins. Excellent acidity backbone. From organically grown grapes. Already enjoyable, but give it another two to three years to develop. -J.S.

James Suckling - September 2023


Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

grape varieties

100% Sangiovese


750ml, 375ml

technical details
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • TA: 5.5 g/l
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

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