A purchase from my trip in Summer 2008 to Tuscany.
1999 Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
A tawny color with a brick rim. Leather, licorce and earth suggest a old world wine. Notes of cedarbox suggest the use of French oak. Medium plus body, high acidity, medium plus alcohol, medium tannins, with dried fruit chracter. Like tempranillo in its tobacco leaf almost savory quality but tempranillo would have more tannins and is lower in acidity. Well balanced with medium plus intensity, medium plus length, medium plus concentration, with a high complexity and a medium plus finish suggests a higher quality sangiovese such as a Brunello di Montalcino. Drink now ideally but would age for 3-5 additional years.
Montalcino in the province of Siena, Tuscany
Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented on the skins at a controlled temperature of less than 30ºC. The wine is then aged for three years in French oak casks, followed by further refinement in the bottle for a period of six months prior to release.