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Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016

$47.00

Wine Spectator gave it 94. Vinous and Jeb Dunnuck gave the wine matching 95-point scores along with tasting notes that could easily be mistaken for a novella.

Vinous summed it up pretty well: “…the 2016 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino [is] a very special experience. It’s nuanced and perfumed from start to finish, boasting silky textures contrasted by tart berries and minerals, but with sweet tannins that frame the expression perfectly. Its inner sweetness is balanced by bright acids, creating an almost-juicy sensation, right up until the moment you realize that your palate is aching with youthful tension.”

Jeb piled on: The structure is not shy, with a rich core of fruit, bold tannin upfront and just as much acidity to match. This is a bold wine for the 2016 vintage, packed with sun-kissed warmth. It commands time in the cellar. He then went on to suggest a drinking window through to 2041!

A wine of this magnitude should cost way more than it actually does (especially considering the biodynamic farming). But as Vinous notes: “The fact is that the house Brunello is easily one of the best buys year after year. It’s a classic expression of southern Montalcino fruit with a balanced structure to carry it for two decades or more, considering the vintage.”

This has to be the best Brunello deal I’ve ever secured. I only got 20 cases though, so I have a feeling those who wait will be shut out!

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95 Points, Vinous
Dusty earth gives way to dried roses, incense, hints of cedar, sage, currants and black cherries in a display that makes the 2016 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino a very special experience. It’s nuanced and perfumed from start to finish, boasting silky textures contrasted by tart berries and minerals, but with sweet tannins that frame the expression perfectly. Its inner sweetness is balanced by bright acids, creating an almost-juicy sensation, right up until the moment you realize that your palate is aching with youthful tension. There’s so much going on and much more to come, making me wonder what the Poggio al Vento might offer in the 2016 vintage. For now, that doesn’t even matter, because the 2016 Col d’Orcia impresses on nearly every level.

95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Col d’Orcia Brunello offers notes of pine resin, black cherry, and dried strawberry aromatics. The palate is concentrated and compact, with dried tomato leaf bitterness and tobacco. The structure is not shy, with a rich core of fruit, bold tannin upfront and just as much acidity to match. This is a bold wine for the 2016 vintage, packed with sun-kissed warmth. It commands time in the cellar, so drinking is recommended over 2026-2041.

94 Points, Wine Spectator
An earthy, meaty version, sporting black cherry, plum, raw beef, iron and bouillon aromas and flavors. The fruit element intensifies on the palate, playing out on a long finish that is balanced and fresh, showing dusty tannins. Best from 2024 through 2043.

93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Underbrush, wild-berry, pipe-tobacco and violet aromas lead the nose. On the full-bodied palate, taut tannins support black cherry, licorice and ground clove. Drink 2024–2031.

93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
It is also a landmark wine in Montalcino, although it tends to be very vintage-sensitive, with some releases showing much better than others. In the case of the twofold 2015 and 2016 powerhouse vintages, I like both wines about the same. This cooler vintage shows dark fruit and spice, while there’s an extra layer of leather or cigar ash at the back. This wine is made with organic fruit. It displays a mid-weight mouthfeel with tight tannins and lively acidity, the kind that will cut through your favorite steak dinner.

93 Points, James Suckling
A very polished, refined red with berry and flower aromas, as well as hints of citrus and rose petals. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. Lovely polish. From organically grown grapes. Give it a year or two to come around, but already very pretty.

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