Andrew Guard

2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Pian dell'Orino

This wine will hit the market this October. 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.
94/100 - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate AUGUST 2019 

"Jan Erbach and Caroline Pobitzer continue to turn out some of the most riveting wines in Montalcino. What Erbach and Pobitzer have accomplished at Pian dell'Orino in just a few years is truly remarkable. There is little question that this small estate within a stone's throw of Bondi Santi is now one of the top dozen or so estates in Montalcino. Non-interventionalist farming and hands off approach in the cellar are two of the key principles that inform these wines. More importantly, though, Erbach is one of the most openly self-critical winemakers in Montalcino. It is that incessant, relentless drive that has propelled Pian dell'Orino to its vaunted status among Montalcino's elite. For readers who haven't tasted these wines yet, the closest stylistic equivalent are estates like Soldera, Poggio di Sotto and Salicutti. I can't recommend these wines highly enough." Antonio Galloni - Vinous