Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento 2006 Col d’Orcia
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In the heart of the estate, half way up the hill that overlooks the Orcia River, on a ridge gently sloping towards the South you can find the Poggio al Vento vineyard. The name literally means “windy hill” and this aspect in conjunction with the very unique soil composition of the area produce the exceptional Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento. The powerful yet elegant tannins delivered in the wines by this vineyard require a 4 year long aging in the traditional large oak barrels. After bottling the wine requires a further aging of 3 years before being presented to the market. Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento is produced only in the best vintages and represents one of the highest expressions of pure Sangiovese to be found in Montalcino.
The essence and reason for the fame of Brunello di Montalcino lies in its longevity, the capacity to improve with time and deliver ethereal sensations to wine lovers all over the world. Col d’Orcia has always protected the traditions of Brunello production — well before the debate between traditionalist and modernists even started.
In 1982, the first vintage of the single vineyard Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva was aged in large barrels. It soon became apparent that only a slow, long maturation could do justice to the powerful tannins drawn from the sandy, limestone rich soil of this vineyard known as “windy ridge.” The use of the large Slavonian and French oak barrels allows the wine to breathe, feel the passing of the seasons, mature, and develop in the silent, dark freshness of the cellar. This invaluable lesson from our forefathers is embraced by Col d’Orcia. Further time in bottle completes the journey required for any traditional Brunello to show its true character and reveal the reasons why it has become among the most famous and sought after wines from Italy.