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2008 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Azienda Agricola Pian Dell'Orino   details
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino - Toscana - Italy (DOCG)
Type: red
Varietal: Brunello
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2007 vintage, 1.5l bottle) : February 17, 2013 , The Wine Advocate
97 points "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 refinement on the huge, explosive finish. The combination of ripeness of the year allied to a classic sense of structure is immensely appealing. This is one of the few 2007s I tasted that still needs time in the cellar, even though today it is flat-out stunning. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. It is hard to imagine how much Jan Erbach and Caroline Pobitzer have accomplished in just a few years. Erbach and Pobitzer embody the same adventurous, risk-taking ethos one rarely sees in Montalcino, but which is much more common among top-flight, artisan growers in Burgundy, Piedmont and Champagne. Pian dell’Orino is still a young estate, and the wines can sometimes be a bit inconsistent, especially the Riserva, which I don’t think is still fully formed from a conceptual standpoint. Still, I have little doubt the potential is there for Pian dell’Orino to be one of the top ten producers in Montalcino in a few years. The writing is on the wall. Hard work, passion and dedication always pay off. Jan Erbach describes 2007 as similar to 2003, with the exception of rain during July, which helped the vines recuperate a bit. The harvest was earlier than normal and took place from September 20 to October 1. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar -- 95pts Bright deep red. Subtle, precise aromas of raspberry, minerals, smoke and flowers hint at a liqueur-like ripeness; there's something almost Burgundian here. Dense, thick and compellingly sweet, with outstanding chewy depth and sufficient energy to its sappy red berry and mineral flavors. Utterly seamless Brunello with chewy, lush tannins and outstanding lingering sweetness. A very ripe wine for the vintage, but it all works." Best 2017-2027
rated (2001 vintage, 750ml bottle) : March 29, 2007 , K&L Wine Merchants
"91 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive blackberry, floral and mineral character. Full-bodied, with with velvety tannins and beautiful berry, plum and vanilla flavors. Long and flavorful. Best after 2008. 790 cases made." K&L's notes: 3.5 Stars! The quality evolution at this tiny estate has been dramatic. Mike P. I tasted everything from their cellar through 2005 and we are supremely impressed by the quality of fruit character, the real terroir and subtle winemaking. Their 2001 is dense, muscular and dark like an Olympic swimmer returning from a month at the beach. Those muscles are long and sinewy, graceful, full of power yet the wine strides with an elegant balance, oozing confidence still with a reserve reminiscent of nobility. There is a chocolaty, cassis, plum like flavor that fills the mid palate coiled around a powerful interior structure that gives the wine great length and allows these flavors to linger in the finish. Mixed in with the warm fruit-filled ripeness are hints of animal, fresh glove leather, stones and wild herbs that are subtly present yet add to the complex background and are more present in the finish. Long, powerful and decidedly delicious this is a wine that will age 10-15 years easily although so well balanced you could drink it now. (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer) "
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