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Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino: All the ‘nines’ back to 1969

Michaela Morris tastes five decades of Brunello vintages ending in 'nine', plus she compares the 1998 and 1999 vintages...

With one foot grounded firmly in the past, Col d’Orcia is simultaneously leading Montalcino into the future. The third-largest estate in the region, it has been owned by the Cinzano family since 1973.


Col d’Orcia factbox

Size of estate 540ha
Hectares under vine 144ha
Annual production 700,000 bottles
Foundation c.1890 (named Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle). Renamed Col d’Orcia c.1958
Current owners The Cinzano family, since 1973


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