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Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne DOCG by Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2012

Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne DOCG

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2012

Producer : Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Region : Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"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."

94+ points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Feb 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 94
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Region Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2011
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Sangiovese
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $684.00

The Producer

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Donatella Cinelli Colombini is a legendary pioneer in the world of wine. With a long history in Tuscany - her great-grandfather, Giovanni Colombini was one of the founders of the Consorzio del Brunello - Donatella has worked tirelessly not only to craft incredible wine but also to champion the role of women working in the wine industry.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini owns two wineries, one in Montalcino and one in Trequanda in the Chianti and DOC Orcia regions. Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino is a property of 40 hectares of which 16 hectares include Sangiovese vineyards and the winery and cellar. All the people who work at Donatella's properties, including the head winemaker, Valérie Lavigne, are women, which is a unique situation in Italy and a beacon of progress for women in the wine industry globally. Donatella is also president of the Italian association ‘le Donne del Vino’, (Women of Wine) and president of the Consorzio del Vino Orcia. Donatella's daughter, Violante, works with her as the head of marketing for their estates.

In the vineyard, Donatella Cinelli Colombini has been cultivating her grapes using sustainable and organic practices for many years and received official organic certification in 2018. In addition, she has recently made some recent upgrades at the winery including the use of cement tanks for fermentation. Instead of barriques in the cellar, Donatella Cinelli Colombini chooses to age her Brunello for at least two years in 500-litre tonneaux and then decants the wine into casks of 15 hl for further refinement. Finally the wine rests in bottle, which is essential for developing aromatic fullness. The distinctive element of Donatella's wines is their undeniable elegance and purity: beautiful harmonies that are made to last throughout time.

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