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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2012

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Winemaker Notes

A ruby red color with notes of of vanilla, berries, and spices which provide a long delightful finish. Intense yet harmonious palate with wonderfully balanced tannins.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne shows floral notes of pressed violet or red rose petal that distinguish it from its peers. Those delicate tones are very much in line with Sangiovese and it's nice to think that they have remained intact despite the hot growing season. Background notes of cassis, dried plum and spice fill in the rear. A dry mineral note that recalls polished river stone or crushed granite also appears. This wine boasts a terrific bouquet that is infused with elegance and grace. The mouthfeel is polished and streamlined. Perhaps the persistence is slightly shorter compared to the 2010 vintage, but this wine more than makes up for this thanks to the high quality of its aromas.
Rating: 94+
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
Aromatically expressive for the vintage, this offers scents of violets and leafy herbs that mirror some of its flavors. Those notes weave through the wine’s deeply concentrated flavors, the black cherry and plum carried along by a wave of dark minerality. The firm, polished tannins add to the wine’s elegant appeal. A selection of the best Brunello lots, the wine aged for two years in large casks.
JS 94
James Suckling
Very ripe fruit aromas and stones follow through to a full body with lots of fruit, ripe tannins and a spicy undertone. Delicious and flamboyant. Better in 2020.
D 94
Decanter
Concentrated ruby shade. An intense, concentrated fruit nose with hints of sloe gin. Big impact on the palate, dense ripe tannins and a long complex finish with notes of tobacco leaf, plummy fruit and wood smoke. Drinking Window 2020 - 2032
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Fruity, sporting cherry, strawberry and floral notes alongside soy and leather accents, this is firmly structured, ending with iron and tobacco elements. Very long and beautifully balanced. Best from 2020 through 2033.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Dark-skinned berry, culinary spice and a balsamic aroma come together on this polished red. The juicy palate gives ripe black cherry, star anise, clove and a hint of espresso alongside firm but refined tannins that lend structure and a smooth texture.
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Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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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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Montalcino

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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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The perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is among Italy's elite red grape varieties and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino

Elsewhere throughout Italy, Sangiovese plays an important role in many easy-drinking, value-driven red blends and on the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed success growing in California and Washington.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with qualities of tart cherry, plum, sun dried tomato, fresh tobacco and herbs. High-quality, well-aged examples can take on tertiary notes of smoke, leather, game, potpourri and dried fruit. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and fine-grained tannins create a perfect symbiosis with tomato-based dishes, braised vegetables, roasted and cured meat, hard cheese and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may actually contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines as a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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