I love the way this wine has absorbed and reflects the sunny and warm personality of its maker, the brilliant Donatella Cinelli Colombini. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne has her spirit and her vision, and I recognize that as I taste through these samples. Her distinctive winemaking mark is achieved with botte and tonneaux aging, and her style is definitely fuller and more generous than most. It's a modern Brunello, if you care to categorize wines in this way. Only 6,660 bottles were produced. The vineyards are exposed to wider horizons that make for more light hours each day (from dawn to sunset) of the growing cycle. I'm on team Donatella.
Fragrant and elegant, this offers lovely scents of pressed blue flower and an earthy whiff of new leather. The savory refined palate delivers ripe red cherry, cranberry, star anise, orange zest and crushed herb alongside polished, fine-grained tannins. It's nicely balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2024–2033.
Very fresh aromas of cherries and rose petals follow through to a full body. Tight and integrated tannins give this wine form and freshness. Long and flavorful finish.
Produced by Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s all-female team of vintners, this wine starts out in small oak barrels and gradually moves into larger vessels for the final stages of aging. It opens with scents of coffee and savory herbs that brighten into ripe cherry, mint and lavender flavors. Still firmly tannic, it will benefit from a few years of cellaring.