For more than a decade, Count Francesco Cinzano has helmed the Col d’Orcia estate and dutifully returned the passion and focus to this once proud property. In fact, under his direction the estate has been certified organic since 2010. That certification extends beyond wine production. Crops, Olives, even the gardens that decorate the landscape are organic. Col d’Orcia calls itself an “Organic Island in Tuscany” and is the largest organic estate in the region.
The estate is located on the southern slope of Montalcino and is an integral part of the Val d’Orcia. Extending for over 540 hectares, the position of the vineyards is extremely favorable as it faces directly south. Under the watchful eye of Mount Amiata which protects them from floods or hail, they also benefit from coastal breezes from the Mediterranean which is only 30 kilometers away.
As part of my exclusive 2008 Brunello Report, I rated the Col d’Orcia rather positively. At this stage of its evolution, I can easily say that the wine is even better. This comes as both a surprise and well, not. The pedigree is there, the wine has been stored correctly and it remains as fresh and lovely as ever.
The 2008 displays a deep ruby to garnet color. It’s nearly impenetrable in the glass. Wonderfully vibrant aromas of crushed cherry, soft wood, Tuscan herbs and fresh tobacco are easily discernible. On the palate, the wine is fresh, juicy and delicious. Wild cherry flavors are backed by spices, tobacco and dusty earth notes that lead to delicate tannins. Delicious now but still has life ahead of it. Find this wine.