Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016

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93 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2020

The Col d'Orcia 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a widely available wine with an ample production of 240,000 bottles. 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.

There is very exciting news to come from Col d'Orcia concerning the new products made by the estate. These count a new honey made thanks to bee hives on the property (Montalcino is home to some of Italy's best honey), tobacco to make an in-house Toscano cigar and a new beer made with organic malted barley grown on the estate and brewed with the Birrificio Olmaia.

Monica Larner