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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso di Montalcino 2016

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Winemaker Notes

The three doves on the Rosso di Montalcino label represent Donatella, her daughter Violante and her husband Carlo who shares with his wife a great passion for red wines. Hints of small red fruits, lingers at length. The palate is intense, harmonious, reasonably warm and suitably tannic.

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James Suckling

Shows more richness on the nose than most with dried red plums, candied strawberries, nutmeg and treacle tart. Full body, a fine line of acidity and a taut, medium-long finish.

WS 90
Wine Spectator
Scents of iron and tar lead off, featuring flavors of cherry, licorice, leather and earth. Vibrant and solidly built, with a lingering echo of cherry and earth. Drink now through 2024.
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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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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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