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Clean and reserved, exhibiting slow-cooked red fruit undertones. Rich and round, finishing long with hints of spicy tamarind and strong coffee notes. Very rich and full bodied with lots of concentration-needs plenty of time. Drink 2018-2030.

Decanter
December 2015

Perfumed, savoury, tea leaf notes. Lovely balance, depth and length, all in balance. Beautifully judged - superb.

Decanter
August 2009

Perfumed tea-leaf note. Lovely balance. Beautifully judged -- superb wine.

Decanter
December 2009

Deep garnet with aromas of red cherry, cumin and dried herbs. Medium-full with very good concentration. Rich finish with lively acidity, youthful tannins and subdued oak. Nicely styled... Another excellent wine from this traditional provider.

Guide to Italian Wines
June 2009

Deep garnet with aromas of red cherry, cumin and dried herbs. Medium-full with very good concentration. Rich finish with lively acidity, youthful tannins and subdued oak. Nicely styled. Another excellent wine from this traditional producer.

Guide to Italian Wines
June 2009

Good deep red. Redcurrant and raspberry fruit aromas complicated by licorice and pungent minerality. Sweet, supple and harmonious; concentrated and fat...Finishes with serious, chewy tannins...

International Wine Cellar
August 2011

Bright medium red. Musky red cherry, smoky minerality and an ethereal floral topnote on the nose. Silky, elegant and seamless, with lovely inner-mouth perfumed lift to the flavors of red cherry and rose petal. This intensely flavored, very suave Brunello finishes floral, energetic and long, leaving the taste buds vibrating. A lovely 2007.

International Wine Cellar
July 2012

Lovely aromas of lilacs and roses, with hints of dark fruits. Truffles too. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. So much beautiful fruit here.

James Suckling
18-Jul-11

A lean, fruity red with berry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lots of leaf and chocolate power on the finish. Drink now.

James Suckling
29-Oct-15

A delicious and balanced 2011 Brunello with dried cherry, floral and strawberry character. Medium body, super polished tannins and a clean, crisp finish.

James Suckling
15-Feb-16

An improvement over past vintages, thanks to the elegance of its fruit and the richness of its consistency. The wine is bursting with cherry and cassis flavors and it shows harmony and a firm, streamlined nature to its mouthfeel.

Multi-Review
October 2010

Superb Brunello Riserva. It is finely flavored and rich; a supple, full bodied, stylish wine, with excellent depth and length. In aroma/flavor, it is reminiscent of cherry, rose petal, pepper, spicy oak, and orange peel.

Restaurant Wine
Issue #137 & #138

Exceptional Brunello: elegantly flavored, full bodied, and beautifully balanced; a wine with medium richness, supple texture, and a very persistent finish, tasting of cherry, red currant, toast, spicy oak, vanilla, and rosehips. Top quality.

Restaurant Wine
October 2013

aromas of mocha and mint; rich, tart-cherry flavors; ripe tannin; medium body Recommended

Skinned Wine
March 2005

Pure aromas of red cherry, blueberry, chocolate and licorice, lifted by a violet topnote. Plenty ripe but not heavy, thanks to a juicy herbal underpinning to the fleshy red cherry and tar flavors. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins?

International Wine Cellar
July 2014

Very contemporary style, smooth, even svelte, yet still generously bodied and fruited.

The Best of Brunello
October 2004

It displays an intense ruby red color with brilliant highlights. Intriguing fruit aromas with notes of vanilla and spice. still shows the exuberance of youth. Full body with a slightly tannic structure that should considerably mellow with further bottle age.

The Oeno File
November 2006

Deep garnet hue. Over-ripe aromas of plum and black cherry. Lush berry and black fruit flavors with a hint of oak and firm tannins. Smooth licorice finish.

Vino Nobile & Brunello
November 2006

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.

Vinous
February 2015

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vendemmia is a gorgeous wine for the vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, iron, wild flowers and mint flesh out. A supple, generous and inviting wine, this radiant, expressive Brunello should drink well for another 15-20 years. Col d'Orcia's 2011 is one of the best Brunellos of the year. The 2011 spent three full years in cask.

Vinous
February 2016

In November of last year I went to an invitation-only, pre-release tasting of the 1999 vintage wines from Brunello di Montalcino. It's been hard, but I've had to refrain from telling you about these fabulous wines until now, because they hadn't been released yet. But they should be starting to appear in wine shops shortly, and I can finally spill the beans. The news is, the 1999 vintage of Brunello is awesome! Of the 35 Brunellos I tasted that afternoon, I rated twenty of them with scores of 90 or above. These included the plummy Col d'Orcia; the dense, dark Silvio Nardi "Manchiara". Brunello is a notoriously long-lived wine.

WCBS
March 2004

Under this wine's scents of dark herbs and roses, there's some initial reduction that needs air to relent. Beyond that lies a fresh and mouthwatering wine, with gentle tannins and potent black fruit - until you come back later, when the tannins seem potent and the fruit more accommodating. Either way, the textural weave melds the wine into a harmonious whole, needing age to show its best.

Wine & Spirits
April 2010

The fruit in Col d'Orcia's 2010 feels dark and juicy, layered with low notes of sotto bosco and tobacco and a high note of mint. The texture feels springy and light despite the dark and earthy tone of the flavors, with firm tannins that mold the fruit into shape. Match its woodsy character to a charred sirloin.

Wine & Spirits
April 2016

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino emerges from the glass with a finely knit bouquet of tobacco, sweet herbs, licorice, leather and red cherries. The wine shows lovely depth, richness and polish in its engaging personality. The warm radiance of the fruit flows through effortlessly to the long, creamy finish. This is a terrific effort from Col d'Orcia.

Wine Advocate
May 2011

The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is very beautiful in this vintage. Ripe, silky tannins frame expressive red cherries, flowers, licorice and tobacco. Sweet floral notes add lift on the delicate finish. Col d'Orcia's 2007 is pure elegance and finesse from start to finish. The wine spent 36 months in oak, all of which it has handled with grace.

Wine Advocate
April 2012

Sweet, rich, lush and layered, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino dazzles from start to finish. Sweet rose, red berries, flowers, mint and orange peel all take an appearance in this utterly impeccable polished Brunello. I imagine the 2008 will still be a special wine at age 30. The aromas are naturally still quite primary, so some cellaring is advisable. The brutal August hail storm took with it a full 40% of the production, but left behind a strikingly beautiful Brunello endowed with seemingly endless layers of fruit and fabulous overall balance.

Wine Advocate
June 2013

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 complexity and evolution. Put it aside for at least five more years before popping the cork.

Wine Advocate
February 2015

Streamlined and tight, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows a tight fabric, bright berry aromas and a touch of sour cherry on the finish. Col d'Orcia is a winery in a unique position. Because a good part of the vineyards are located on the lower, southern side of the Montalcino appellation, fruit ripens faster and shows bolder characteristics. At the same time, the house style is classic and unembellished. These two factors don't normally jive together, but this estate does a great job of making sure they do, thanks to rigorous green harvesting and fruit selection. The bouquet is redolent of wild berries, white cherry, dried raspberry and spice. At the back, you'll find delicate tones of cola and rosemary. I'm pleased to see that this wine is not overtly marked by the hot summer.÷

Wine Advocate
March 2016

In addition to making wines at his estate Col d'Orcia proprietor Count Francesco Marone Cinzano is also the newly appointed President of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. Cinzano cuts a dashing figure and his diplomatic, aristocratic background seems to be a perfect fit for leading the producers' consortium through the challenges it faces today. The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino is a big, full-bodied wine loaded with dense ripe fruit, spice and scorched earth nuances. It shows outstanding depth on the palate, where the intensity of fruit provides a nice foil to the firmer tannins of the vintage. This attractive Brunello looks to be an excellent candidate for near-term drinking.

Wine Advocate
April 2008

Opens with ethereal balsam notes of eucalyptus, hummus, dried fruit and dried mint. Beyond those elegant tones are sturdier layers of cured meat and savory spice. The wine shows bold concentration and thick power and firmness on the close.. Drying mineral endnote.

Wine Enthusiast
May 2012

This Brunello opens with bright acidity and foxy notes of raw cherry, cr?me de cassis and sun-dried blueberry. There?s a firm, polished nature to the tannins and the wine shows loads of fresh acidity on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast
May 1, 2013

Earthy aromas suggest tilled soil, savory herb leather, dried rose and a whiff of game, The bright palate offers crushed cherry, black raspberry, savory herb and white pepper alongside polished tannins. It's well balanced and fresh. A licorice note signals the close.

Wine Enthusiast
May 2015

Forest floor, rosemary, ripe berry, new leather and a whiff of earth are just some of the aromas in this structured red. The full-bodied, chewy palate flexes muscle and restraint, offering ripe black cherry, licorice, clove and dried aromatic herb while firm, ripe tannins provide the framework. While it won't need many years to become accessible, it also has some staying power. Drink 2019-2026

Wine Enthusiast
May 2016

Tightly knit, exhibiting focused cherry, red currant and tobacco flavors, with hints of leather and licorice. Its structure is steely and meshes with the finely woven texture, leaving a harmonious impression as the spice and tobacco notes extend on the finish.

Wine Spectator
June 30, 2011

A rich, round version, evoking cherry and berry flavors tinged by earth and underbrush accents. Verging on chewy, the dusty tannins grace the finish, where tobacco and rhubarb notes mingle.

Wine Spectator
October 15, 2012

Rich and accessible, this red evokes strawberry, cherry, tobacco and tea flavors, backed by stiff tannins, with sweet fruit and spice returning on the finish.

Wine Spectator
June 15, 2013

Offers a core of balsamic and underbrush flavors, with hints of cherry, licorice and leather. Coffee and mineral accents add interest as this dense, firm red unfolds. Shows fine length on the vibrant finish.

Wine Spectator
June 30, 2014

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.

Wine Spectator
June 2015

Good bright red.  Very pure nose offers raspberry, pomegranate, and licorice.  Fresh and vinous, with scented yet silky flavors of redcurrant, raspberry, flowers and spices perked up by firm acidity and a solid mineral spine. The finish is penetrating and long and long. This is a lovely example of the typical 2012 high acid, perfumed Brunellos, but those weaned on high pH, fleshier wines may find it to be a little leaner.

Vinous
March 2017

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers an authentic interpretation of this celebrated appellation in southern Tuscany. The bouquet is rich and sophisticated with candied cherry, dried currant and spice. I tasted this wine very soon after its commercial release and it took a little while open. It showed a point of reduction well. Give the glass a few vigorous swirls and the wine begins to peel back. Varietal aromas of moist earth, button mushroom, grilled herb and blue flower ultimately add to the wine's timid complexity. Give this wine two or three years to flesh out.

Wine Advocate
February 28, 2017

New leather, truffle, sun-baked soil, menthol and grilled herb aromas practically jump out of the glass. The big, chewy palate delivers mature wild cherry, black raspberry, licorice and tobacco notes, set against a backdrop of firm, fine-grained tannins. 

Wine Enthusiast
April 2017

Notes of smoke and black licorice lend a brooding character to this wine’s red plum and black cherry flavors. Its tannins feel firm yet polished, giving a cool structure to the rich fruit core that take on accents of tarragon and black spice. Match its herbal richness to braised lamb.

Wine & Spirits
April 2017

Macerated cherry and plum flavors mingle with iron, meat, eucalyptus and tobacco flavors in this dense, beefy red. Compact, leaving a bitter almond note on the finish, yet staying fresh. 

Wine Spectator
June 15, 2017
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