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2015 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante

ITEM 8398732 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...luxurious and polished on the nose with ripe plum, lavender floral, vanilla bean, and cedar...palate is seamless, with velvety tannins that wrap around a fresh core of black cherry fruit, baking spice, and mineral-rich earth. Though there is a present oak influence, it is well-integrated without masking the purity of the fruit, while also lifting off the palate with ease in a super-long finish.

97Vinous / IWC

...opens with a captivating bouquet, delicate yet pleasantly sweet, showing ripe cherries and wild berries complemented by a dusting of cinnamon...soft and fleshy, with a hint of balsamic spice giving way to red currants and hints of violet candies. Round tannins linger, mingling with residual acids and inner florals to create a truly harmonious finale.

PRODUCER

Pian dell'Orino

Pian dell’Orino is 15-acre estate in Montalcino. It is owned by Caroline Pobitzer and Jan Hendrik Erbach. Caroline grew up in northern Italy and Jan is an oenologist who was born and raised in Germany. Together they run the estate. The flagship wine is Brunello di Montalcino though Pian dell’Orino also makes a Rosso di Montalcino and Piandorino, a Sangiovese. Wine Advocate rated a recent vintage of the Brunello at 97 pts and wrote that “it is hard to imagine how much Jan Erbach and Caroline Pobitzer have accomplished in just a few years. Erbach and Pobitzer embody the same adventurous, risk-taking ethos one rarely sees in Montalcino, but which is much more common among top-flight, artisan growers in Burgundy, Piedmont and Champagne….”

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.