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2015 Col Di Lamo Brunello di Montalcino

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

95James Suckling

This is a very pretty Brunello that shows fresh red cherries, strawberries, citrus, nutmeg, rose petals and cedar. Great combination of finesse and concentration. Silky tannins and chewy fruit are a winner. Full-bodied and powerful...

94Vinous / IWC

...bouquet of rosy florals, ripe strawberry, and subtle spice... On the palate, silky textures give way to a savory blend of crushed cherry and raspberry, with hints of spicy citrus, rosy florals, and mineral tones developing over a coating of fine tannins. The finish is long, resonating on floral-laced red fruits and savory spice... This is a wonderfully pure, balanced...

93The Wine Advocate

...standout wine that offers a great balance of dark fruit and savory spice...black cherry, black currant and plum...fully shows the elegance of the vintage.

90Wine Enthusiast

...aromas of dark-skinned berry, tilled soil and a whiff of new leather...savory, balanced palate delivers dried black cherry, star anise and tobacco...

16Jancis Robinson

Balsamic savoury nose with minerally hints. Savoury-sweet fruit palate slowly opens up to sour cherry.

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.

VINTAGE

2015 Col Di Lamo Brunello di Montalcino

Di Giovanna Neri