Fossacolle | Estate winery in the Tavernelle, Santa Restituta area of south-west Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCGThis Brunello di Montalcino estate has been owned by Sergio Marchetti’s family since 1700. Fossacolle’s first Brunello was the 1997. The wine is made by Sergio’s son-in-law, Adriano Bambagioni, and Adriano’s son, Stefano. Adriano’s day job was winemaker at Tenuta di Argiano, a short drive to the south. This allowed him first hand experience of working with both Giacomo Tachis and Hans Vinding-Diers.

Vineyards | The vineyard covers 4 ha (10 acres) in the hamlet of Tavernelle in the south-west of Montalcino. There are 2.5ha of Brunello vines, originally planted in 1984.

Red wines

Rosso di Montalcino DOC2003 Freshish, with decent weight and zip (Benvenuto Brunello 2005). | 2004 Adriano Bambagioni told me he used a bit of cold maceration, starting the fermentation at a lower temperature thanks to the influence of Hans Vinding-Diers. Deep and quite chunky, clean, some chocolate (Benvenuto Brunello 2006). | 2011 5,000 bottles. Simple, nice fruit, plump tannin and chocolate (Benvenuto Brunello 2013). | 2012 5,700 bottles. Simple cherry, fluid, bit green (Benvenuto Brunello 2014). | 2013 6,900 bottles. Bit flat, some green and blur, bit of a dry end (Benvenuto Brunello 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG2000 Nice sweet old style, old wood and VA too though (Benvenuto Brunello 2005). | 2001 Crisp, then chocolate, sweet animal, evolving rather noticeably (Benvenuto Brunello 2006). | 2008 11,470 bottles. Bit high tone and some old wood and chocolate but decent impression of depth (Benvenuto Brunello 2013). | 2008 Subdued, rich beneath, deep fruit and tannin; a second bottle showed more fruit but still a little drying (DWWA 2013, silver medal). | 2009 12,700 bottles. 14.5%. L13138. Warm, ripe redcurrants and all spice. Smooth impression, some bake/Christmas pudding. Crowd-pleaser for the short to medium term tasted blind at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others. | 2010 14,500 bottles. Quite broad, nice raspberry fruit, bit dry, no great elegance, minor key savoury (Benvenuto Brunello 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva2010 15% alcohol.


Az Ag Fossacolle

Loc. Tavernelle, 7

I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0577.816013 |