Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Deep ruby red color. Typical aroma of Sangiovese with marked hints of plum. Intense and ample. The long ageing in the barriques oak leads to a very elegant nuance of species and vanilla. Good structure on the palate, yet delicate and mature tannins. Lasting aftertaste. Excellent balance between fruit and oak scent.
"This has softened up somewhat, with bright acidity framing the cherry, sweet plum and spice notes. There's still an edge of tannins, but this is well put together. Best from 2012 through 2020."
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino flows with a vibrant core of perfumed red cherries, spices, tobacco and earthiness. Medium in body, the wine reveals outstanding length and a polished, refined finish. The bouquet is not as clean or focused as is usually the case, and the wine will benefit greatly from being opened an hour or two in advance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Good deep, bright red. Complex, varietally expressive aromas of redcurrant, dried flowers, tobacco and sweet spices. Supple, broad and very light on its feet, with some spicy oak complicating the flavors of red cherry, tar and licorice. A silky-sweet midweight with harmonious acidity and subtle notes of flowers and graphite on the back. This excellent Brunello boasts sneaky concentration and impeccable balance."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
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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...
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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