La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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Wine Advocate 92
"La Colombina's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a fleshy and complete expression of Sangiovese that shows staying power and balanced intensity. This wine would pair perfectly next to grilled meats or homemade pasta with game sauce (like wild boar or rabbit). I like the smooth intensity displayed by this wine as it glides cleanly over the palate. Some 25,000 bottles were produced."

Wine Spectator 91
"Rich, evoking cherry, plum, licorice and savory, saline aromas and ... read more
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Item ID: #31004
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 92
"La Colombina's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a fleshy and complete expression of Sangiovese that shows staying power and balanced intensity. This wine would pair perfectly next to grilled meats or homemade pasta with game sauce (like wild boar or rabbit). I like the smooth intensity displayed by this wine as it glides cleanly over the palate. Some 25,000 bottles were produced."

Wine Spectator 91
"Rich, evoking cherry, plum, licorice and savory, saline aromas and flavors. Shows moderate density midpalate, finishing with a tight grain to the tannins and savory length. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,080 cases made.
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James Suckling 91
"At once ripe and fresh, this is a juicy and elegant Brunello that's easy to drink right away. Rather long and very clean finish. Drink now or hold.
Publish Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018"

Vinous Media 90
"Bright medium ruby. Blackberry and blueberry are accented by licorice and smoked beef on the nose. Densely packed and savory, if a bit youthfully chunky and unrefined. The chewy, rather powerful tannins avoid coming off as dry, but I'd still hold this wine for at least five years before popping the cork. This big, strapping Brunello comes across as very savory and broad, rather than floral and focused, and will appeal most to those who prefer their Sangiovese wines on the muscular and herbal side. -- Ian D'Agata"

The Wine
La Colombina, which borders both the Ciacci estate and the Uccelliera estate in the warm southeastern Castelnuovo dellAbate district of Montalcino, has been in the Caselli family for generations. The superior location of the estate is immediately evident in the underlying intensity and weight that is typical of Castelnuovo dellAbate, making wines such as those of Ciacci and Uccelliera so compelling and long-lived.

100 Sangiovese Grosso aged for 30-40 months in large botti, followed by racking into barrique, where the wine finishes for a brief period of time prior to bottling. About 1200 cases are made each year.

The Estate
La Colombina borders on both the Ciacci and Uccelliera estates in the township of Castelnuovo dellAbate. 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 dellAbate, making wines that, similar to Ciacci and Uccelliera, are compelling and long-lived. Close in quality to their better-known neighbors, Colombinas wines remain a great value, particularly their Rosso di Montalcino, which delivers great Montalcino Sangiovese at a fraction of the cost of other rossos.

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La ColombinaLa 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.

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