Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle, Brunello di Montalcino 2017
About the Wine:
The wine is dark ruby red that becomes garnet with ageing. Aromas of ripe black berries, exotic fruit and spices arise from the glass. On the palate, it is silky with bold acid and tannin structures. These components will allow this wine to last in time. It has a long intense and pleasant finish.
About the Producer:
Donatella Cinelli Colombini owns two wineries, one in Montalcino and one in Trequanda in the Chianti and DOC Orcia regions. The 23 hectares of Fattoria del Colle estate includes a country inn. The technologically advanced winery occupies a medieval 16th century villa where the Vin Santo is still made in the loft that rises high above the vineyards and groves which offers spectacular panoramic views. The second estate is the Casato Prime Donne winery located in Montalcino where 16 hectares of vineyards are planted. This winery also is housed in a renovated building dating back centuries. Donatella has been running the two estates since 1998 and today she leads a full-time enological team comprised solely of women. The dove on the labels represents Donatella’s decision to fly away from her family’s winery and their traditions to make wines that fully expressed her own character. While employing modern technology Donatella has great respect for tradition, as demonstrated by her decision to salvage and make a wine from the ancient Sienese indigenous varietal Foglia Tonda.
92 James Suckling. 90 Vinous – Antonio Galloni.
In 2017, Brunello Riserva was not produced, and the Prime Donne selection was reduced to half of the normal amount. This has allowed us to raise the quality of the classic Brunello di Montalcino and about 38.000 bottles were produced. The cultivation is organic, certified since 2018.