"Banditella" Rosso di Montalcino
As one of the original estates of Montalcino and now the largest certified organic estate in Tuscany, Col d’Orcia is a leader in Brunello di Montalcino, helping to define and promote one of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions. Tradition, integrity and sustainability are the pillars of the estate, whose classic style wines are celebrated all over the world. Proudly defined as an ‘organic island,’ Col d’Orcia is committed to maintaining the natural environment in which it operates and has, for many years, employed organic farming practices.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The estate’ name translates to “the hill overlooking the Orcia River,” due to its position in the undulating hills between the Orcia River and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Here, southern orientations provide vines with abundant exposure to sunshine and vineyard soils comprised of limestone and marl facilitate natural irrigation.
Located at about 1500 feet above sea level, the estate is favorably positioned against Mount Amiata (5,700 feet) which helps shield the property from floods and hail. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with limited rainfall coming in from the Tyrrhenian coast, 21 miles away.WINEMAKING
Grapes undergo maceration at controlled temperatures of less than 82˚F (28ºC) in short-wide tanks to maximize the contact of the cap with the skins.AGING
After separation from the skins, the wine is transferred into new French oak barriques and is aged for a minimum of one year.TASTING NOTES
Typical notes of great Sangiovese (plum and lily) is elegantly balanced by the noble spices from oak aging. Rich, harmonious, and full-bodied on the palate with supple tannins - its richness and complexity is worthy of a great Brunello while its varietal freshness remains remarkable. Enjoy with stews, casseroles, red meat entrées, risottos and pasta in tomato-based sauces.