Collosorbo - Brunello di Montalcino 'Sangiovese ~ Rosso di Montalcino, Italy
Collosorbo - Brunello di Montalcino 'Sangiovese ~ Rosso di Montalcino, Italy

Collosorbo - Brunello di Montalcino 'Sangiovese' 2017 ~ Rosso di Montalcino, Italy

$86   $116

This is great……and here’s why!

95/100 James Suckling (2016 vintage)
94/100 Vinous (2016 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2016 vintage)
91/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 vintage)

James Suckling - "Full body, exotic and intense. A wealth of fruit yet remains vibrant and firm. Extremely focused. Long finish. Beautiful aromas of black cherry and apricot. "

Vinous - "Very attractive wine of impeccable balance. Well done......Palish red. The intensely floral nose (violet, peony, iris, rose) also offers aromas of red cherry and incense. Dense but juicy, showing a sappy quality, but plenty of extract nicely frames the red fruit and candied violet flavors. The long finish is given added punch by strong underlying minerality."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "a dark and thickly textured wine from a cooler vintage. The wine exhibits a deeply saturated appearance with little light penetration. The bouquet is enhanced by dark fruit aromas of black cherry and crème de cassis, with licorice, spice and tobacco at the back. There is a sweet spot on the close, and the tannins are neatly folded into the wine's thick texture. The overall effect is slower and thicker than its peers. This is an immediate expression, best for short and near-term consumption."

The Winemaker - "The fruit is a highlight to the enduring popularity of Brunello di Montalcino, but it’s the tannins and acidity that extend the life of this wine."

The Tenuti di Collosorbo has been owned by the Ciacci family since 1850. The first bottle of Brunello di Montalcino was made in 1966 by Giuseppe Ciacci, progenitor of the first of the three generations of this winery. Now Giovanna Ciacci and her daughters, oenologist Laura and agronomist, Lucia Sutera Sardo, operate the vineyard and winery, assisted by esteemed oenologist Paolo Caciorgna and cellar master, Daniele Guidotti, who has been in charge of the Tenuta's winery for more than twenty years and is considered one of the family.

The region of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is situated in the heart of Tuscany, in central Italy. Brunello di Montalcino is a red DOCG Italian wine produced in the vineyards  surrounding the town of Montalcino, in the province of Siena, located about 80 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno ("brown"), is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino . In 1879 the Province of Siena's Amphelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name.

In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese.

In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was among the four wines awarded the first DOCG designation. Today it is one of Italy's best-known and most expensive wines.

Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica), a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany, and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. Italy's love affair with Sangiovese – and indeed the world's – is generations old.

Brunello di Montalcino, produced in Tuscany is one of Italy's most famous and prestigious wines. The wine is typically garnet in color with aromas of red and black fruit with underlying vanilla and spice, and perhaps a hint of earthiness. The wines are usually full bodied with alcohol levels around 14 or 15 percent.