Wine Spectator 90 points - Light-weight, yet with dense tannins, offering plum, soy, leather and iron flavors. Vibrant, with a lingering finish and a dusty sensation at the end. Best from 2021 through 2032. 16,500 cases made. -BS.June/2018
Vinous 92 points - Bright red. Pomegranate and sour red cherry on the fresh, precise nose. Lively but dense in the mouth; peppery red cherry flavors are complicated by tobacco and underbrush nuances. Finishes long, with youthfully chewy tannins and a repeating spicy nuance. Made from organic grapes. I was surprised to learn that this beautifully graceful, very light-on-its-feet Brunello has 29.4 g/L dry extract (I would have guessed less); by comparison, Col d’Orcia’s 2012 Brunello had greater extract (32.5 g/L), but was also less refined. Different strokes for different folks: each wine is lovely in its own right and each will deservedly have fans..April/2018
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a light garnet color and an elegant appearance. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, cherry and red forest fruit. At the back, you get mild spice, cured tobacco and grilled rosemary. The effect is delicate and finessed. Yet the wine offers a long and polished mouthfeel with integrated tannins and acidity. These help to build power and length on the close..February/2018
James Suckling 94 points - The deep, rich red-plum nose sucks you into this powerful Brunello that has great fruit and polished, dry tannins that are beautifully in synch. Long, intense and rather complex finish. A great food wine for tonight, but this has the structure to hold for up to a decade..September/2018
One of the true class acts in Italian wine, owner Francesco Marone Cinzano has calmly, quietly and capably turned Col d’Orcia into one of the most important and best wine estates of Montalcino. At 540 hectares, it is also one of the denomination’s largest; there are 142 hectares under vine, of which 102 hectares are planted to Sangiovese, located in the southwestern quadrant of the Montalcino denomination, between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Sant’Angelo Scalo. The estate is a quality leader in research, too, and has developed a number of Sangiovese clones thanks to the work of chief viticulturist Giuliano Dragoni in conjunction with the University of Florence. -From Brunello di Montalcino: Sleek ’13s, Surprising ’12 Riservas (Apr 2018) by Ian D’Agata
Located in southern Montalcino in the area of Sant Angelo in Colle. The vines enjoy a favorable southern exposure granting the vineyards with the blessing of the sun rays the whole day long. Average height is about 1000 ft above sea level.
Manual harvest with rigorous selection of the best bunches in the vineyard and subsequently further hand selection on a sorting table in the cellar. Maximum yield allowed by the Production Regulation is 80 q/ha. Avg. Col d’Orcia Brunello yield: 61 q/ha. Fermented on the skins for about 18-20 days at a controlled temperature of less than 86ºF in 150hl wide and shallow stainless steel tanks designed and built in order to extract tannin and color efficiently but delicately.