Saturday, January 2, 2010

Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, 2003 - Wine Tasting

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By way of background:Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, 2003, is a purebred sangiovese, made in an old Italian tradition.   Situated on the outskirts of the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino in Tuscany’s Siena province, the Col d'Orcia estate has a rich winemaking history that dates back to the 1700s.  In the hands of the Cinzano family since 1973, it is owned today by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, with day-to-day operations directed by Edoardo Virano.  The 2003 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol.

In the glass: Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino shows as light- to medium-red, even throughout the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant, swirled vigorously and served cool, this shows a shy, introspective nose, full of helium rubber balloon - which has a tendency to fade off after a few minutes decanting.

On the palate: The first element is a perky, distinctive red berry flavor, right smack in the middle-back of your tongue.  It is tangy and upbeat, more like red currant flavors in a red raspberry jacket.  The flavors move lightly up into your jaw as the sip proceeds.

And the finish: With even tangier acids as the sip progresses, the experience moves to your cheeks for the duration, settling to a moderate length, clean finish.

In summary: Overall, a bright, quite dry, red berry experience, with an acidic backbone definitely looking to accompany your next meal.

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