Pian dell’Orino is one of the names of excellence of Brunello di Montalcino: a small winery that has achieved record ratings in recent years both in Italy and abroad. It was founded in 1997 by Caroline Pobitzer from South Tyrol together with her German husband Jan Herback, a long-time winemaker and winemaker, united by a common passion for the Montalcino terroir and for great wines.
In the vineyard all synthetic chemicals are banned in favor of biodynamic preparations, manure and green manures, in the cellar the fermentations take place in steel or in conical wooden vats, without temperature control and with long maceration. In continuity with traditional best practices, only native yeasts are used and refinements involve the use of large barrels.
Pian dell’Orino wines represent high and dizzying expressions of Montalcino: from intense and juicy red to Brunello of great depth, with a classic and austere character, fruity and expressive. These are wines of great complexity and elegance, produced with great wisdom following traditional and genuine methods: the result of vineyards with attention to every detail.
I tasted the 2015 and 2016 vintages of this wine side by side and am therefore in a position to compare the two in real time. The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino shows more thickness, more fiber, more fruity succulence and spice. Of course, this is absolutely characteristic of this warm and sunny vintage. This was a textbook growing season, with rain coming at the right time and ripening proceeding on schedule. This Rosso offers pretty cherry fruit and blackberry. You get some of that crunchiness that I often associate with Sangiovese. This wine was released in October 2018. [92 Points, July 2019 – Monica Larner, robertparker.com]