” Situated just outside of town, Il Colle was once part of Conti Costanti’s Colle al Matrichese property, but family inheritances and divisions split it back in the 18th C. Many of Il Colle’s vineyards border directly on Costanti’s, and the two wineries are actually housed in seperate sections of the same large 15th C palazzo that once belonged solely to the Costanti family. Alberto Carli, a notary from Siena, and his wife purchased the property in 1972 and immediately planted their first vineyards, with their debut Brunello hailing from the 1978 harvest.
Il Colle has allways been staunchly traditional, and has employed the much sought-after consulting services of Sangiovese purist of the late Giulio Gambelli since 1981. After Alberto Carli passed away in 2001, his daughter Caterina took over and was totally involved in day-to-day operations. She followed the advice of the guru ( known as the man who could listen to wine ) until his passing in early 2012. His methods include steering away from selected yeasts for fermentation, which takes place with no temperature control, and rather long maceration on the skins. Ageing takes place in Slavonian botti for up to four years for Brunello, although Caterina also has two large Allier botti that are now over twenty years old. Like her father, Caterina also forgoes filtering.
Her Brunellos and Rossos have always been extremely elegant, at times almost ethereal, no doubt thanks at least in part to the high vineyards altitude of between 400 and 450 meters, where the grapes yield more delicate wines and may not always attain perfect ripeness in difficult years. To add more structure to their graceful and understated wines, and to split the risk of having grapes from a single subzone that could suffer more than other areas in certain vintages, the Carlis decided to invest in one of the denomination’s warmer areas where they could cultivate grapes that would be blended with those from Ill Colle. In 1998 they purchased land at 220 meters altitude in Castelnuovo dell’Abate and planted.Those more southern grapes are harvested at least ten days earlier and have lent body and ripe fruit to the exquisite aromas and finesse of Il Colle Brunellos ever since the two estates were blended together with the excellent 2001 harvest”. ( Excerpt from the book Brunello di Montalcino by Kerin O’Keefe ).