85% Sangiovese, 15% Ciliegiolo
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’s 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 & AGEING
Fermentation occurs on the skins for 8-10 days at carefully controlled temperatures below 78° F in order to preserve the intense and characteristic depth of the fruit.
Early bottling ensures the preservation of the wine’s freshness.TASTING NOTES
On the nose, fruity and vinous with intense aromas of ripe wild berries. On the palate, full, soft and persistent with pleasant and ripe tannins and a long and fruit-forward finish. Excellent with both red and white meat dishes, vegetarian entrees and medium to aged cheeses.