2010 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

November 1, 2016

 

 

Col d'Orcia in South West corner of Brunello on 350 metres of Sant'Angelo, a great place with stylistic restaurants. This BdM is obviously ripe with ripe with certain freshness (see also Nicolas Belfrage views too).

 

2010 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino is a versatile wine. On the one hand, full decanting for 3 hours brings out the beast(tertiary tones Like leather, meatball, coffee) out of this wine; on the other lighter decanting bring great feminine and elegant fruit(see Parker, WS and JS, and partucalrly Vinous). Making Infused modernist and traditionalist approaches in employing both big and small barrels Slovenian and Italian: 4 years, 3 of which in 25-50 and 75 hl oak casks from Slavonia and Allier followed by at least 12 months bottle ageing before release. Modernity also is expressed in Manual harvest, news Sangiovese clone; rigorous selection of the best bunches in the vineyard at first and subsequently on a selection table in the cellar. Traditional fermentation on the skins for about 18-20 days, at controlled temperature below 28° C. in 150 hl wide and shallow stainless steel tanks, designed and built in order to extract tannins and colour.

 

Vintage 2010 in Tuscany and particularly in Montalcino is as good if not better than 2007 and 2006. Good rainfall in spring, hot and dry summer with regular temperatures. The weather was ideal in September with pleasant temperatures during the day and fresh during the night. The maturation evolved perfectly.

 

Notable comments are:

 

93 points Wine Spectator

This smells like beef bouillon, picking up pure cherry and plum fruit on the palate, along with savory elements. Lean, with well-integrated tannins and a long, meaty finish of tobacco and earth. Best from 2018 through 2030. 20,000 cases made. –BS (6/2015)

 

92 points James Suckling

A traditionally styled Brunello with nuts, cherries and plums on the nose and palate. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh, lively finish. Delicious now but better in 2016. (1/2015)

 

92 points Vinous

Col d'Orcia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vendemmia is all finesse. Sweet floral and spiced notes open up in the glass, followed by veins of bright red stone fruits. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an attractive, beguiling upper register of aromatics. The 2010 is still a bit raw and much less expressive than it was from barrel, but it is promising. 92+ points. (Antonio Galloni) (2/2015)

 

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is surprisingly subdued on first nose and a little unsteady on its feet at this young stage. Give it time and the wine gracefully brings out a long chorus line of aromas that hit the high notes and well and the low ones in slow increments. The bouquet is redolent of small forest berry, white ash, smoke, licorice, balsam herb and delicate spice. It's important to underline the extremely elegant and feminine personality of this wine. This Brunello has no place to go but up in terms of its

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