See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for La Colombina di Caselli Anna Maria 2007.
Federico Caselli’s thick Tuscan accent leaves no doubt as to the local origins of this up-and-coming estate at Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The Caselli family has been smallholders here for generations, until recently practising the traditional mixed farming of the area and only making wine for domestic use. It converted to specialised wine growing in 1997 with the planting of 3ha in locations which rub shoulders with some of the most illustrious names of this southern Montalcino cru. The first vintage from the new vineyards came out in 2001. Caselli considers 2004 his best wine to date, while 2007, he says, will need time to reveal its full potential.
Richard Baudains: ‘Upfront aromas of ink, graphite and cedar, with hints of sour plum. Concentrated palate with lean tannins and nervy acidity.’
Rosemary George MW: ‘Firm cedary fruit on nose and palate. Elegant wine with depth and well-integrated tannins.’
Jane Hunt MW: ‘Classy, beautiful expression of Sangiovese. Layered nose of dried fruit and pot pourri. A lush palate gushes with bags of fruit and a perfect balance of tannin and acidity. Maturing red is rich in complexity.’
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Price: £29.17 Humble Grape