La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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SKU 01605


The La Colombina estate borders both the Ciacci and Uccelliera estates in the famous township of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. The vineyards have been in the Caselli family for generations, but the family, proprietors of a winemaking-equipment shop in Montalcino, had chosen to sell the grapes rather than bottle their own wines for many years. Husband and wife team Anna Maria and Alamiro decided to make the leap into wine production in the mid-90s, and were lucky to have 1997 as the first vintage of their estate-bottled Brunello. The superior location of the estate is immediately evident in the ripe, powerful fruit on the nose, with an underlying intensity and weight that is typical of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, making wines that, similar to Ciacci and Uccelliera, are compelling and long-lived. Close in quality to their better-known neighbors, Colombina's wines remain a great value. La Colombina produces Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Brand La Colombina
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorThis red combines power and elegance, with bright acidity and dense tannins. Cherry and plum fruit are accented by leather, tobacco and mineral as this glides to a lingering conclusion. Shows fine balance, with a tealike finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 1,200 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, June 15, 2017
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe La Colombina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens to tart berry notes with dried cherry and blackberry at the front. The wine delivers thick texture and smooth consistency that is in line with the attributes of this warm vintage. Spice, leather and tobacco appear on the finish. This Brunello is aged in large oak casks (with both French and Slavonian wood) for up to 40 months.

Monica Larner, May 31, 2017
  • we89

Wine EnthusiastThis opens with earthy forest floor, leather and oak-derived vanilla notes. The brawny, monolithic palate doles out ripe Morello cherry, raspberry jam and licorice flavors, with a warming layer of alcohol. Solid tannins keep it feeling firm. Drink 2019-2025.

Kerin O'Keefe, April 1, 2017