One of the original estates in Montalcino, Col d’Orcia is a traditional estate at the forefront of sustainable wine production in Tuscany. Situated at the southern extremity of the Montalcino DOCG at about 300 meters altitude, the winery’s name means “Hill overlooking the Orcia River”, refering to its situation between the river and Sant’Angelo in Colle.
Col d’Orcia is a large estate, the third largest in Brunello. Notwithstanding its evident size, it is run with artisanal care by its owner, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, whose father bought the estate in 1973 from the Franceschi family, who still own the neighboring Il Poggione site.
The estate’s most famous wine is a single vineyard Poggio al Vento – meaning “windy hill” which is an extraordinarily beautiful seven-hectare vineyard planted in 1974. Bottled as a Riserva, this wine is only made separately in the best years. It is fermented in steel with a long maceration and subsequently aged in 25-75 Hectoliter Slavonian and Allier Botti for three years.
Vigna Nastagio – from a five hectare site in the upper part of the Orcia River basin with southwestern exposure – was planted in 2006 and is bottled as a cru with a more modern style. The wine ages in 500 L tonneau before being moved to botti for two years.
Fermentation of all the wines takes place in large, rather squat stainless steel fermenters, which allows for greater degree of skin contact. All the Brunellos – other than the Vigna Nastagio - then age 3 years in larger Savonian oak.
Blackberries currants sage and mint waft up from the young yet totally seductive 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Olmaia. It?s elegant and polished in feel with a burst of ripe dark fruits which are quickly firmed up by fine yet saturating tannins. The opulence found within is seductive and all is kept in check by its heroic structure coming across as youthfully cheek-puckering with hints of licorice and minerals. I wish I had hours to stay with this glass because there?s still so much going on beneath the surface. The 2015 is simply stunning with over a decade of positive maturation in store for patient collectors.js
The purity of the cherry and berry fruit in this red is impressive as are the dense dusty tannins providing backbone. This is fresh too with supporting flavors of flowers leather iron and tree bark showing excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2038. 1300 cases made 300 cases imported. - BS
Lots of ripe fruit with currants black chocolate and plums on the nose and palate. Full body ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Itâ€™s tannic polished and tight. From organically grown grapes. Give it two or three years of bottle age. Try after 2022.