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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2014

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dark ruby red that becomes garnet with ageing. Full, rich, fine, recalling spices and small red fruits. Full, intense, harmonious and warm.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino comes off as compact but ephemeral with lasting tones of wild berry, spice, licorice and smoke. There is a fragile or delicately nuanced side of the wine that suits it very nicely. The effect is soft, silky and graceful. Some Brunellos from this vintage come off tasting too thin and short, whereas others appear as easy, accessible and elegant. Donatella Cinelli Colombini's latest release falls into the second category.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of forest floor, menthol, new leather and exotic spice take center stage on this fragrant red. Racy and linear, the lithe elegant palate delivers juicy Morello cherry, orange slice, licorice and crushed herb alongside polished tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink 2021–2026.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
This already tastes mature, with mellowing cherry, leather, tobacco, earth and underbrush flavors. Shows initial ripeness, giving way to firm tannins as this winds down on the finish. Drink now through 2029.
JS 90
James Suckling
Curious aromas of cherries and hints of raisin with leather undertones. Full-bodied, very chewy and fresh. Big wine for the vintage. Turns a little extracted at the end. Needs two years to soften. Drink in 2021.
D 90
Donatella Cinelli Colombini is surely Italy’s most active advocate for women in the wine business. She has just started her second tenure as president of 800-member Le Donne del Vino, and her 40ha Montalcino property employs women exclusively. Traditionally crafted, this has an irony, savoury character underneath brighter pomegranate and rosehip nuances. It demonstrates the dusty tannins and austere edge of past vintages, though in a slightly lighter frame. Drinking Window 2020 - 2025
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Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Italy
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At Casato Prime Donne there are 18 hectares of vineyard and the winery for the production and ageing of the Brunello di Montalcino wine. The winemakers are all women: a revolutionary work situation for Italy. In the vineyards around Casato, there is a trail walk where quotations from the winners of the Casato Prime Donne Award and works of art accompany those walking through the vineyards. The surrounding landscape of the Val’d'Orcia has been declared by Unesco an important part of the heritage of humankind.

In 1592 Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors already owned Casato. They would come here to go hunting and it was here that they brought their wives on their honeymoon. In recent times Casato belonged to Donatella's grandmother, who passed it on to Donatella’s mother; Donatella in turn will pass it on to her daughter Violante. Since 1998 this large stone building has a new name Casato Prime Donne and it is the first winery in Italy where the winemakers are all female.

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Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence, and has a warmer and drier climate than that of its neighbor, Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is king here, as it is in Chianti, but Montalcino has its own clone called Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village and fan out at various elevations, creating the potential for Brunello wines expressing different styles. From the valleys, where deeper deposits of clay are found, come wines typically bolder, more concentrated and rich in opulent black fruit. The hillside vineyards produce wines more concentrated in red fruits and floral aromas; these sites reach up to over 1,600 feet and have shallow soils of rocks and shale.

Brunello di Montalcino by law must be aged a minimum of four years, including two years in barrel before realease and once released, typically needs more time in bottle for its drinking potential to be fully reached. The good news is that Montalcino makes a “baby brother” version. The wines called Rosso di Montalcino are often made from younger vines, aged for about a year before release, offer extraordinary values and are ready to drink young.

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