"Olmaia" Cabernet Sauvignon

Col d'Orcia

APPELLATION

Tuscany

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKERS

Antonino Tranchida

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol
13.5%

2014

93POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
NOVEMBER 2019
2014

91POINTS

Wine Advocate
JANUARY 2019
BACKGROUND

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 are fermented on the skins for 20 days in 150hl stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of less than 86ºF.

AGING

The wine is aged in 2/3 new French oak barriques for 18 months followed by 12 months further refinement in bottle prior to release.

TASTING NOTES

On the nose, aromas of ripe blackberries accentuated by noble spices representative of the variety and the terroir. The palate nuances a wine that is full-bodied, meaty, well-structured, culminating in a long and elegant finish. Well-matched with roasts, grilled meats and game; decant before serving.

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