La Colombina

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.

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La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2016
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "La Colombina's 2016 Rosso di Montalcino pours from the bottle with bright fruit intensity and good balance. In essence, this is a simple wine to enjoy at informal occasions. But the wine is also well made and very precise in terms of its aromatic delivery. Dark cherry is followed
Item Number: 33293
Case: $179.40

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
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
Item Number: 31004
Case: $443.40

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2011
91  Vinous Media 
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
Item Number: 20588

La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2015
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino offers cherry, red currant and raspberry that come forward in one generous whiff. There's not much beyond that, but no matter, this wine seeks to deliver simplicity and purity instead. The fruit is ripe, soft and dark, and the wine finishes on a sweet

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2012
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "This red combines power and elegance, with bright acidity and dense tannins. Cherry and plum fruit are accented by leather, tobacco and mineral as this glides to a lingering conclusion. Shows fine balance, with a tealike finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 1,200 cases made. –BS"

La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2014
Tasting Notes: Round, fresh tasting and with the right proportions is presented with notes of red fruits and slightly spicy. Wine from the varied combination is very pleasant and easy bevita.   Aging and aging process: Steps in small oak barrels for about 1 year in barriques, then in the bottle

La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Dark cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco, cedar and menthol all flesh out in La Colombina's 2013 Rosso di Montalcino. Supple and inviting, the 2013 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, while the fruit retains its characteristic radiance. -- Antonio Galloni" 

La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2012
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 "A powerful wine of impact, the 2012 Rosso di Montalcino hits the palate with intense dark red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco, all in an intense, forward style with plenty of immediacy. The 2012 Rosso is not especially subtle, but it does deliver plenty of mouth filling

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2010
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "This rich version is saturated with cherry, plum, spice and earth flavors. The tannins are dense and the vibrant acidity keeps this focused and long. Offers a fine mix of power and finesse, presenting a mineral element on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2035."—B.S.  Wine

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2008
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Solid wine for the vintage. Aromas of plums with hints of prunes and flowers follow through to a full body, with round, slightly chew tannins and a fresh finish. Dense and structured. Delicious."  Wine Spectator 92 "Pure and fresh, with appealing cherry and floral flavors,

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2007
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93  "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is flashy, open and totally seductive. Tobacco, smoke, licorice and crushed flowers are some of the notes that are woven together in this supple, juicy Brunello. The Colombina’s Brunelli are typically accessible when young, but the 2007 is