Brunello Riserva is one of the finest red wines in the world because of its extraordinary quality and because it is apt for a very long ageing. It can last ages.
Brunello does not become Riserva; it is born to be Riserva right from the beginning, right from the moment the grapes are chosen to make it.
It is the Montalcino terroir that is an authentic masterpiece.
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva by Donatella Cinelli Colombini is produced from Sangiovese grapes from Casato Prime Donne, a property of about 40 hectares with 17 of vineyard, situates on the northern slope of Montalcino. This is the cooler area of the Brunello territory where the ripening are slower and more regular thanks also to the soils that are not very fertile and that give wines characterized by high sensorial intensity and floral and fruit notes.
Bottles produced: from 5.000 to 10.000 depending on the vintage.
Riserva is produced only in the best vintages
Awards: Each year it is produced the Brunello Riserva by Donatella Cinelli Colombini gets high ratings from the most important specialized international press. Among these are: Wine Enthusiast put it in 14th position of their TOP 100 in 2005; TEXSOM 2020 assigned it the golden medal for Brunello Riserva 2013
Colour: Dark ruby red that becomes garnet with ageing. The wine dances slowly around the glass thanks to its richness.
Bouquet: Complex, refined, neat, deep. Evident notes recalling small red fruits and spices.
Tasting notes: Elegant, full, harmonic, round, lasts at length pleasantly in the mouth.
Brunello is produced in Montalcino, the best place in the world to grow the Sangiovese variety. A grape grown in Montalcino for hundreds and maybe thousands of years. Thanks to the climate and the soil, it has taken on specific characteristics: it produce a low yield of grapes, with small clusters and small berries. For this reason it is possible to create, in Montalcino, a great red wine apt for a long ageing such as Brunello, using only one variety: Sangiovese. Brunello is the Italian wine that remains the longest in the cellar; it goes on sale four and a half years after the harvest, of theses at least two must be in oak barrels.
Casato Prime Donne, where this Brunello di Montalcino comes from, is a property made up of 40 hectares where the present owner’s ancestors used to go hunting, and on their honeymoons. It was a part of a large estate belonging to one of the most important families in Montalcino that for more than 4 centuries had cultivated this land passing it down the family line, during the last generations from mother to daughter, as it belonged to Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s grandmother, then to her mother, and in the future, it will belong to her daughter Violante Gardini.
It was, however, the present owners grandfather, Giovanni Colombini, one of the Brunello pioneers, to interpret Casato Prime Donne’s vocation for the production of grapes and to plant here the first “specialized” vineyards, as they were called then to distinguish them from those that were called “promiscuous” where the farmers grew vines together olive trees and wheat.
To begin with the property was called Casato. The name was changed into Casato Prime Donne in 1998 when Donatella received the property and decided to create here the first winery in Italy to be all-female staffed. The cellar staff, the winemaker Valérie Lavigne, the cellar master and even the sales staff guided by Violante Gardini the Cinelli Colombini Jr, who in the future will guide the winery, are all women.
Bottles produce: from 15,000 to 40,000 depending on the vintage. Every year for the production of Brunello only the aptest grapes get chosen, if the weather has been favourable there are more clusters otherwise it is necessary to be more selective.
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