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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1998
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1998
(search item no. 57261)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $43.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Thick and chewy Brunello, with green tobacco, berry and mineral character. This needs some time. Full-bodied, with mouthpuckering tannins. A big and boisterous wine. Best after 2004."
-Wine Spectator

COLOR: Intense ruby red, with slight garnet hues

BOUQUET: Ample and complex with notes of ripe wild berries and overtones of vanilla and liquorice

FLAVOR: Full and intense, with hints of leather, tobacco and cocoa, full ripe berries and strong tannins

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Red meat, braised and stewed meats, game and mature cheeses

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About Col d'Orcia:

Col d'Orcia is the internationally celebrated producer of one of Italy's most revered red wines, Brunello di Montalcino. Situated on the outskirts of the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino in Tuscany's Siena province, the estate has a rich winemaking history that dates back to the 1700's. In the hands of the Cinzano family since 1973, Col d'Orcia is owned today by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, with day-to-day operations directed by Edoardo Virano.

Winemaking at Col d'Orcia is entrusted to chief enologist Pablo Harri, whom many contemporary wine experts credit with being one of Tuscany's foremost experts in the art of making outstanding Brunello di Montalcino wines. Maurizio Castelli serves as consulting enologist.

Integrity is the cornerstone of Col d'Orcia's prestigious reputation. Low yields are maintained through methods such as winter pruning and "green harvesting" and all grapes are hand picked and vinified with the utmost care to ensure the level of quality upon which Col d'Orcia has built its reputation.