Thursday, August 21, 2008


The third winery I wanted to talk about this week was Col d’Orcia, a legendary Brunello producer in Montalcino, established in 1700. One of the largest properties in Montalcino (encompassing 1300 acres), the land lies between the Orcia river and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Winemaker Pablo Harri continues the long-standing tradition of crafting some of the most amazing wines from that region. Out of the 8 wines they produce, we brought in 3 to start: the Rosso di Montalcino 2006 ($22.97), Brunello di Montalcino 2003 ($49.96) and the Nearco 2002 ($63.96).

The Rosso di Montalcino 2006 is 100% Sangiovese, aged 9 months in new French oak barriques and Slavonian oak casks, as well as additional bottle aging before its release. Intense fruit flavors and oak spices abound with full-bodied, smooth tannins and a lingering finish. The Brunello di Montalcino 2003 is also 100% Sangiovese, and spends 3 years in French oak cases, with an additional 6 months in the bottle before release. A powerful red, with complex red and black fruit flavors, oak spices and fine, bold tannins. The Nearco 2002 is a blend of the non-traditional grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, each fermented independently of each other in stainless steel and then separately aged 12 months in French oak. Blended together, they then spend another 6 months in oak, and then aged one more year in bottle before release. The result is a dense, dark and powerful red with bold dark fruit, vanillin spice and clove notes. Layers upon layers of flavor.

All of the wines in Palm Bay’s portfolio are impressive – an importer fast becoming more than just Cavit.

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