Il Colle Brunello 2005

After the Brunellogate scandal a few years back and despite the recent criminal tragedy at Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino stands at a moment of renaissance.  A second act if you will.  With the recent publication of the very fine and wonderfully opinionated book Brunello di Montalcino by Kerin O’Keefe, we may be seeing a lot of light shed on a region which saw a flash of fame and now has a chance at being a come back kid.  Kerin’s book has certainly opened my eyes to a number of great traditional mined producers that have been off the radar, but may soon see themselves very much back on the radar as the wine world wakes up from it’s “excess is just right” hangover; an ill fated phenomenon which tore through Tuscany, Montalcino, Piemonte, Barolo, etc. and is now seeming to have “jumped the shark!”

At any rate, my first intro to Il Colle was the 1981 which was a phenomenon.   That the 2005 drinks just as well and is priced under $50 is also a revelation.  There is real honesty in Il Cole’s Brunello di Montalcino.  I tasted it along side new fangled versions of Chianti and Barolo and it was not even a contest.  When wine is made without makeup, with honesty, it will speak to it’s place and it will do so in a voice that cannot be tampered with.  Long live traditional Brunello, you are one of the greatest wines of Italy and the world.

Il Colle 2005 Brunello di Montalcino ~$45.00

Dark cherries, tree bark, cinnamon, baking spices, and bitter cocoa all come into play at various points on the nose.  The wine is all herbs and spice and everything classic.  Supple on the palate with acidity and tannin in balance.  This is drinking very well now, but will last in the cellar for 20 years if older Il Colle Brunello’s are any indication.  Classic and perfectly Italian.  Also, fairly priced for the quality of wine.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – GOOD VALUE