Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino

October 05, 2018

Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino

The ultimate expression of one of Italy's most important varieties, ripened under the Tuscan sun.

Col d'Orcia
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grapes: Sangiovese

In Brief

Medium Body, Classic
Flavors: Ripe cherry, warm spice, dried tobacco. 
Pairings: Pizza, pasta bolognese.

The Wine

A classic expression of Sangiovese, the wine is brilliant ruby red in the glass. Ripe red cherry notes and tobacco leaf are present on the nose, with a wet stone minerality lingering. On the palate, the cherry fruit is at the core, laced with dried floral and spice on the finish. The acidity is fresh, and the tannins are well-integrated. A classic Italian wine deserves a classic Italian pairing, so go ahead and open this alongside pizza delivery or pasta bolognese.

The Story

The Col d’Orcia estate is one of Tuscany’s most historic. The vineyard has been in production since the late 1800s, and today, it’s one of the largest estates in Tuscany, with more than four hundred acres of land under vine—all of them certified organic. Though the estate is best known for its heralded Brunello di Montalcino wines, their humble Rosso di Montalcino remains an everyday staple, once lauded by the Cinzano family patriarch as “the young Sangiovese I drink at lunchtime.” Though Rosso di Montalcino is generally considered a “baby” version of the brooding Brunello di Montalcino wines, Col d’Orcia puts as much time and care into this everyday expression of Montalcino as they do with their flagship Brunello.

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