Pian Dell'orino

"Pian dell'Orino is one of the shining stars in Brunello di Montalcino. The estate is located right next door to the most famous name in Brunello history, Biondi Santi. Pian dell'Orino is one of the top estates in the region and is run by Caroline Pobitzer and Jan Hendrick Erbach, who both co-own the estate and are extremely passionate about producing the highest quality wine in the most harmonious methods possible to protect their environment. Consequently, the estate's six hectares of vines have been farmed completely organically for many years and are now cultivated under biodynamic principles. Neither Caroline nor Jan are natives of Tuscany, as Caroline was born in the Süd Tyrol in a large Renaissance castle known as Castel Katzenzungen. Caroline managed the family property for several years, and amongst her charges at the property was an enormous, six hundred year-old grape vine that is the oldest and largest existing grapevine in all of Europe. Jan was born in the small city of Karlsruhe in Germany, not far from the Rheinpfalz region, and studied both viticulture and oenology in Germany. He worked for several years as an oenologist in France as well before meeting Caroline and moving to Montalcino.

Caroline and Jan run Pian dell'Orino with all of the passion for excellence and purity that one would expect from a great estate dedicated to ecological responsibility and sustainable agriculture. However, the quest for a gentle carbon footprint and a wholesome vineyard ecosystem does not take precedence over a quest for great quality in the finished wines, and every step is taken to ensure that the wines of Pian dell'Orino are as fine as can be in every given vintage. In the vineyards of Pian dell'Orino only Sangiovese Grosso is grown (other than small plots of cabernet and merlot for their Super Tuscan bottling, Piandorino), and yields are kept to a very low level, with green harvesting practiced in every vintage to reduce yields to only four bunches per vine. Meticulous oversight in the vineyards during the entire growing season ensures that only the finest quality fruit is still on the vine at the time of harvest, and the harvest is conducted solely by hand. Once the grapes reach the cellar they are treated as lovingly and as naturally as possible, and no modern cellar wizardry such as cultured yeasts, extraction enzymes or added grape must ever utilized, with the wines fermenting on their indigenous yeasts gently and thoroughly before being aged in a combination of barriques and large botti for one to several years prior to bottling, depending on the wine.

The Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino is aged for one year in barrel prior to bottling, with its malolactic fermentation taking place in barrique. The estate's Brunello di Montalcino is fermented similarly to the Rosso, but with a longer maceration period of five to six weeks (as opposed to two weeks for the Rosso), at slightly higher temperatures, and then aged from two to three years in cask prior to being bottled unfiltered. The wines of Pian dell'Orino, be they the outstanding Rosso di Montalcino that can be enjoyed immediately upon release, or the classic and hauntingly beautiful, ageworthy Brunello di Montalcino, are amongst the finest examples of their respective appellations to be found in Montalcino."

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Pian dell'Orino 'Versante' Brunello di Montalcino 2013
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "This wine will be released in the Spring of this year. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante exhibits an immediate sense of depth and complexity. Winemaking saw minimal movement or pump-overs because Jan Hendrik Erbach tends to keep his wines in reduction for a long
Item Number: 28396

Pian dell'Orino 'Piandorino' 2014
"The Piandorino IGT is produced of grapes sourced from all of our vineyards, and therefore expresses the diversity of our soils. Calcareous clay, easy weathering marls, blue-grey limes from the Pliocene and Alberese and Flysch soils are the most important sedimentary soils. Their origins differ and
Item Number: 24893

Pian dell'Orino 'Bassolino di Brunello di Montalcino 2010
100  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 100 "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino di Sopra is the equivalent of the estate's Riserva. Only 3,000 bottles were made and the wine was not produced in 2009 or 2008. Nor will it be made in 2011 or 2013. Future editions are 2012 and 2015. Bassolino di Sopra is silky and

Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Pian dell'Orino takes Rosso di Montalcino to another level with their sublime 2013. Bright, focused and wonderfully articulated, the Rosso literally bristles with energy. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, rose petals and blood orange are all beautifully delineated in the glass. What a

Pian dell'Orino 'Versante' Brunello di Montalcino 2010
97  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 97+ "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante is rich, powerful and explosive, with fabulous depth, heady aromatics and stunning balance. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, rose petals, mint, white pepper and a hint of orange peel are some of the many notes that inform this

Pian Dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino 2007
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 97 "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is more than a worthy follow up to the spectacular 2006. Freshly cut flowers, violets, licorice, leather and tar meld into layers of dark fruit in a dazzling display of elegance and power. Silky tannins and expressive perfumed notes both add further