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.
The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a beauty with bright and crunchy fruit that is impossible to ignore. If a Rosso can taste so good, we have great things to look forward to when the 2016 Brunellos hit the market in under two years’ time. From a farming point of view, 2016 was not as easy as the no-brainer 2015 growing season. This vintage had more rain and mildew-related issues. Some vineyard spots even saw damaging hail. Pian dell’Orino made more Rosso and IGT wine in 2016 to make up for these challenges. But the UV light and the luminous quality of 2016 sparked magical results, says Pian dell’Orino proprietor Jan Hendrik Erbach. The fruit is glossy, firm and pure. [94 Points, July 2019 – Monica Larner, robertparker.com]