La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 20588
Wine Advocate 91+
"La Colombina delivers a beautifully elegant and streamlined wine that defies the warm growing season. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino avoids the extreme exuberance and exaggerated quality of its peers. Instead, this wine offers a more subdued and introspective approach with pretty aromatic detailing of wild berry and balsam herb. This is a well managed and nicely balanced Brunello. It should easily withstand a ten-year drinking window."
Vinous Media 91
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a representative wine for the year. Layers of macerated red cherry, plum, cedar, tobacco and anise fill out the wine's ample, broad-shouldered frame nicely. La Colombina has done a terrific job finding just enough freshness to balance the wine's ripe personality. A touch of warming alcohol rounds out the finish, clearly marking the personality of the vintage but without being excessively imposing. -- Antonio Galloni"
Wine Spectator 90
"Sweet cherry, plum, spice and mineral flavors converge in this supple red. Offers fine length, with malleable tannins. Balanced enough to enjoy now, but should improve with short-term aging. Best from 2017 through 2028. 1,200 cases made. –BS"
" La Colombina, which borders both the Ciacci estate and the Uccelliera estate in the warm southeastern Castelnuovo dell'Abate district of Montalcino, has been in the Caselli family for generations. The superior location of the estate is immediately evident in the ripe, powerful fruit on the nose, with an underlying intensity and weight that is typical of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, making wines such as those of Ciacci and Uccelliera so compelling and long-lived. About 1200 cases are made each year.
About the Estate:
La Colombina borders on both the Ciacci and Uccelliera estates in the township of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. The vineyards have been in the Caselli family for generations, but the family, proprietors of a winemaking-equipment shop in Montalcino, had always chosen to sell the grapes rather than bottle their own wines. Husband and wife team Anna Maria and Alamiro decided to make the leap into wine production in the mid-90s, and were lucky to have 1997 as the first vintage of this estate-bottled Brunello! The superior location of the estate is immediately evident in the ripe, powerful fruit on the nose, with an underlying intensity and weight that is typical of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, making wines that, similar to Ciacci and Uccelliera, are compelling and long-lived. Close in quality to their better-known neighbors, Colombina's wines remain a great value, particularly their Rosso di Montalcino, which delivers great Montalcino Sangiovese at a fraction of the cost of other rossos. " ~ Winery notes
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