100% Sangiovese from Siena, Tuscany, Italy.
SRP of $55 and available for as low as $37 (Saturday Splurge). Imported by Palm Bay International. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
"Color: Deep ruby red.
Aroma: Complex and fresh, with inviting fruit aromas balanced by oak imparted spices.
Taste: Well-structured and full-bodied, with fine tannins that promise great aging capacity; long and impressive finish.
Today's wine is a bit pricey even for our Saturday Splurge series, but hey it's Brunello. Plus there's a reason for our splurge on this wine, and that is simply that as a dad to 3 kids I'm always on the lookout for birth year wine. What is birth year wine, you ask? It's wine with a vintage from the year each child was born that has the ability to age for 20-30+ years. It's wine that that we can pop open to celebrate special occasions in our kids' lives, such as a graduation, marriage, first kid, etc. And sometimes you have to pay a bit more for a wine that is capable of going this distance.
The 2008 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino begins with very pleasant and aromatic nose of tart cherry, dried herbs, floral notes and a little anise. The wine tastes dry with tart cherry, oak, tobacco and leather notes plus smooth, firm and substantial tannins. This wine is still young but has very good balance nonetheless which bodes well for its ageability. It ends with a mouth drying tannic finish featuring long lasting tobacco, spice and tart berry flavors. Excellent!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.