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Spezieri

2015 Italy Tuscany
88 Points

This blend—mostly sangiovese and ciliegiolo— undergoes a brief maceration to produce a lively wine that’s ready to drink. The pliant tannins give shape to the wild blueberry and black cherry flavors without impeding them, while notes of sage and bitter chocolate add interest. It’s a match for juicy char-grilled burgers.

Wine & Spirits April 2017
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

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
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2008 Italy Tuscany
94 Points

A hailstorm in August reduced yields for the 2008 vintage at Col d’Orcia, but dry conditions followed, which concentrated flavors in the remaining fruit. That concentration is evident in this riserva from Poggio al Vento, a vineyard planted in 1974 on a south-facing slope at nearly 1,150 feet above sea level. Pleasantly abrasive tannins shroud a tight nugget of dark cherry and bitter almond flavor at the wine’s center. Those flavors gain volume gradually, adding soft notes of tarragon and gentian along with earthy mushroom tones. The wine is dense and tight, yet manages to maintain a translucent, lifted feeling. It aged for four years in large Slavonian casks and another two in bottle, and will continue to improve over the next decade.

Wine & Spirits April 2017
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2010 Italy Tuscany
90 Points

You'll find aromas suggesting underbrush, scorched earth, truffle, grilled herb and a balsamic note on this robust red. The brawny palate evokes dried black cherry, prune, licorice and tobacco alongside chewy tannins and the heat of evident alcohol. Let the muscular tannins unwind for a few more years then drink sooner rather than later to capture the remaining fruit.

Wine Enthusiast May 2017
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

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
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2010 Italy Tuscany
97 Points

Released seven years after the harvest, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento is a stunning wine. It soars to the highest altitudes in terms of elegance and power. These opposite forces—muscle versus grace—are what distinguish this classic vintage. Col d'Orcia has effortlessly captured and immortalized both sides of the continuum. The bouquet produces a long succession of aromas including dried cherry fruit, licorice, cola, lavender flower, cured meat and black truffle. The velvety finish is supple and long in persistence. This is a gorgeous creation.

Wine Advocate February 28, 2017
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
90 Points

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
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2010 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

Medium deep red.  Flinty nuances complicate strawberry, floral and blood orange aromas. Deep, dense and almost brooding on the palate, but with outstanding precision to the spicy red fruit and earth flavors. Finishes with substantial fine-grained tannins and outstanding length. Still quite closed, even imploded, I'd lay this beauty down for six or seven years.

Vinous March 2017
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

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
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Olmaia Cabernet

2012 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

Black cherry and blackberry flavors are embraced by a layer of spicy, toasty oak, while tobacco, sage and leather notes add depth. Powerful and tannic, with a beefy finish. Give this time to absorb the oak. Best from 2018 through 2026. 

Wine Spectator December 31, 2016
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Olmaia Cabernet

2012 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

Black cherry and blackberry flavors are embraced by a layer of spicy, toasty oak, while tobacco, sage and leather notes add depth. Powerful and tannic, with a beefy finish. Give this time to absorb the oak. Best from 2018 through 2026.

Wine Spectator November 2016
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Spezieri

2014 Italy Tuscany
88 Points

Bursting with cherry, strawberry and light spice flavors, this is ripe, balanced and juicy, with a finish that leans to the savory side. Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo. Drink now through 2018. 

Wine Spectator 2016
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Spezieri

2015 Italy Tuscany
88 Points

A bright, fruity style, exhibiting cherry, berry, spice and light tea notes. Supple and approachable now, with light tannins coating the finish. Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo. Drink now through 2018.

Wine Spectator November 15, 2016
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

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
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2008 Italy Tuscany
94 Points

Combining muscle and finesse, this opens with scents that recall perfumed berry, iris, wet earth, leather and an earthy note of underbrush. The firmly structured, balanced palate offers juicy wild cherry, licorice, clove, grilled herb and a hint of toast framed in firm, mature tannins. Drink 2018-2033.

Editors? Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2016
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2010 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

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.

Best Buy Award
Wine & Spirits April 2016
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2006 Italy Tuscany
95 Points

The top bottling of Col d'Orcia, one of Brunello's southernmost estates, is harvested from Poggio al Vento (or windy hill), positioned at about 1,150 feet on a south-southwest-facing hill overlooking the Orcia River. It spent four years in large Slavonian and French oak casks and another two years in bottle, developing layers of baking spices, dried thyme and oregano and porcini mushroom. The texture is lithe and the flavors lifted, with tight black cherry notes edged in thyme, oregano and black spices, and fine mineral tannins that guide the flavors to a long and harmonious finish. Still fresh and vibrant, it is just beginning to hit its stride.

Wine & Spirits April 2016
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

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
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Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino DOC

2011 Italy Tuscany
88 Points

The 2011 Moscadello di Montalcino Pascena does a great job of showing the genuine side of this traditional dessert wine from Montalcino. It delivers medium consistency and fresh aromas of candied fruit, lemon rind, almond paste and caramel. What I like about this precious dessert wine is that it never feels heavy or too thick. It moves across the palate with grace and fluidity.

Wine Advocate March 2016
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Banditella Rosso di Montalcino DOC

2012 Italy Tuscany
88 Points

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino Banditella emerges from a single parcel on the property and see smaller oak than the regular Rosso. Succulent dark cherry, plum, cedar and tobacco are all given an extra kick of texture through aging in French oak. Drink this fleshy, radiant Rosso over the next few years.

Vinous February 2016
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

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
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Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2008 Italy Tuscany
95 Points

A wine of remarkable finesse and nuance, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento is exceptionally beautiful. The 2008 is refined, silky and nuanced, especially within the context of the vintage. Freshly cut flowers, cedar, tobacco and anise are all beautifully delineated throughout. I am quite impressed with how well the 2008 has come together over the last few years. Two thousand eight will be remembered as the year of the devastating mid-August hail. Quite miraculously, the Poggio al Vento emerged pretty much unscathed.

Vinous February 2016
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Rosso di Montalcino DOC

2013 Italy Tuscany
89 Points

The estate's 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is succulent and expressive, both of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, cedar and licorice add nuance on the soft, open-knit finish. This is the first vintage in which the Rosso is made from biologically cultivated fruit from Brunello-designated vineyards. Like virtually all of the estate's top wines, the Rosso is aged in cask.

Vinous February 2016
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Spezieri

2014 Italy Tuscany
88 Points

The 2014 Spezieri, Col d'Orcia's Sangiovese/Canaiolo blend, is one of the better entry-level wines readers will find in this vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, rosemary, spice, menthol and licorice are front and center. Drink this pliant, expressive red over the next 2-3 years.

Vinous February 2016
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2010 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

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.

Highly Recommended Award
Decanter December 2015
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Nearco Toscana

2010 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

Made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the 2010 Sant'Antimo Nearco delivers an impressive level of intensity, saturation and flavor. This rich and penetrating Tuscan blend reveals tight and focused aromas of dark fruit, spice and leather. No one grape dominates the bouquet but they each work well together to contribute to the wine's overall harmony and elegance.

Wine Advocate September 2015
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Nearco Toscana

2011 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

A fresh and fruity red with dried berry, cherry aromas and flavors. Some flowers too. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Pretty structure to this. Merlot, cabernet and syrah. Drink now.

JamesSuckling.com 5-Aug-15
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2010 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

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
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2010 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

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
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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2010 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

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
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