"Poggio al Vento" Brunello 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
The finest grape bunches are rigorously selected during hand-harvesting. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at controlled temperatures below 86ºF with a 25 day maceration period to ensure optimal polyphenolic extraction.AGING
The wine is aged a minimum of 6 years prior to release; 4 years in Slavonian and French oak casks followed by at least 2 years refinement in bottle.TASTING NOTES
On the nose, intense and multifaceted; fruit-forward with developing notes of licorice, mushrooms and chocolate that offer further complexity. On the palate, full-bodied, well-structured and powerful at first, leading into a soft, caressing and lingering finish. A perfect accompaniment to pâtés, foie gras, grilled fish steaks and roasts.