Count Francesco Marone Cinzano is a descendant of the Spanish royal family and descendant of the founder of Cinzano, the world-renowned vermouth business created in 1757.
He is the owner Col d’Orcia in Montalcino , south of Siena amongst the picturesque most beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.
Brunello di Montalcino is a world renowned wine made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from this area. It possesses aromas of cherries, plums, flowers,earth, coffee, liquorice and chocolate – a kind of scent which makes you stop to ponder. The Italians have a phrase for this, vini di meditazione – wines for meditation.
We were lucky enough to have the Count present the following fantastic Col d’Orcia wines
PINOT GRIGIO Organic 2013
ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2012
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2010
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2001
“POGGIO AL VENTO” BRUNELLO RISERVA 2007
OLMAIA, CABERNET 2009
Moscadello Passito 2010
Most popular on the night , the phenomenal 2001 Brunello , the 2010 showing great signs too.
The Rosso in Magnums also proved very popular as sampling continued until the early hours.
The Count was happy to share his secrets during his interview.