2012 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $37.94 (reg. $49.94)
Started in 1995 by the legendary winemaking dynasty of Ciacci, Collosorbo has become one of our go-to's for ridiculously good value Brunello, and 2012 is all the justification you’ll need to make it a regular dinner guest.
A 95-point Brunello with gorgeous red fruit and classic Sangiovese character, the 2012 Collosorbo is beautifully accessible today and is as generous a Brunello as we’ve tried. Most haven’t heard of Collosorbo (yet), as it came from the division of the grand old Tenuta di Sesta estate back in ‘95, but the Ciacci family was one of the original makers of Brunello di Montalcino in the 1850’s, so Collosorbo’s roots run deep.
Sourced entirely from the Castelnuovo dell’Abate subzone, Collosorbo’s Brunello is harvested in 2-3 passes, and then aged mostly in neutral oak. It’s that last part that really makes the difference, as the beautifully elegant character of the Sangiovese shines through loud and clear. James Suckling remarked that it was “one of best from here in a long time.”
2012 is proving to be a delightful vintage known for “impeccable balance, vibrant acidity and fine-grained tannins” (Vinous) and Collosorbo’s Brunello has these qualities in spades. Drinking beautifully now, at this price you’ll want to grab a case of this and follow its evolution over the next decade or more. Cheers!