Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
|Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Color - Deep ruby red Bouquet - Complex and elegant. With red fruity notes like cherry and sour cherry and spicy aromas. Taste - Balanced and structured with pleasantly ripe tannins. The finish is long, fruity and lasting.
This combines the best characteristics of Sangiovese, with cherry and strawberry fruit, earth, leather and iron notes and balsamic elements of wild thyme, rosemary and Mediterranean scrub. Shows a bit of heat on the finish, yet remains fresh and long. Best from 2023 through 2042. 16,600 cases made, 3,000 cases imported.
At first, the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is quite closed in the glass, to the point I move on to the wine next to it… However, upon returning to the glass a few minutes later, I come to realize that the 2015 simply needs time to come to life; and once it does, watch out. Here I find a gorgeous and intense display, mixing savory and sweet, as well as, earth and fruit, as dusty cedar and spice give way to ripe strawberry with a hint of citrus, with wild herbs and a hint of animal musk adding further depths. On the palate, silky textures meld into woodland red berry fruits, zesty spice, hints of cedar, savory herbs, saline minerals, and mounting tannins. The finish is long and structured, yet there remains enough primary fruit to balance it all out, as well as resonating acids, intriguing hints of citrus, and spice. This is remarkably balanced, singing already, yet it's full of potential for the cellar.
Warm and structured, this has aromas evoking scorched earth, underbrush and mature black-skinned berry. On the firm palate, assertive, close-grained tannins accompany dried black cherry, licorice, sage and tobacco while the warmth of alcohol caps off the finish. Drink 2023-2030.
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