The Banditella is not a new wine. I tasted the 2001 when I visited Montalcino in 2004. I thought it was a very, very mediocre wine. My notes:

  • 2001 Col d'Orcia (Cinzano) Rosso di Montalcino Banditella - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino (5/25/2004)
    Aged 14 months in barrique. Dark ruby colour with garnet tinges to a violet/dusty rim. Aromas of vanilla, balsamico, black cherry, and raspberry. Medium-bodied with red berries and vanilla. Slightly watery in the mouth. Moderate length finish, ~30s. (80 pts.)

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It is a Rosso, but it's young vine, very weak Sangiovese, and I think you can do better for the money.
Yeah, same here. I've had Banditella in at least a couple of vintages, but have never found it interesting.

Strange, because Col d'Orcia make so many other good wines, like their regular Brunello (excellent in the '01, BTW), Olmaia, and the BdM Riserva Poggio al Vento. Great wines.

Max, did you try Nearco while you were there? This is their newish (first vintage '00, IIRC) pure merlot. I tasted it once and was impressed by its build and structure, but it was too built for me to serve at the restaurant; it really needed age.

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