Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2015
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PRODUCER: The roots of the Colombini family in Tuscany go back to 1592, and their tradition of excellence in winemaking began in 1790 with the founding of the Fattoria dei Barbi. It was in the 1960’s that Francesca Cinelli Colombini made a name for herself as the stalwart leader of Barbi’s top notch production, and when the next generation came into the spotlight her son Stefano took over the family estate while daughter Donatella branched off to create the neighbouring Azienda del Casato. Donatella is a major force in the world of quality Italian wine and has spurred important advances in enotourism. With 50 hectares total, 13 of which are dedicated to viticulture, Donatella creates a classic Brunello as well as a Riserva and a Rosso di Montalcino; she also runs the Azienda del Colle at Trequanda, where she produces Chianti Classico Superiore, Orcia, Vin Santo, and a Super Tuscan. Her most innovative creation, though, is Casato’s Brunello ‘Prime Donne,’ a wine designed by an all-female team of respected wine experts who based their decisions on instinct and organoleptic observations. Donatella, who is grooming her daughter Violante as heir to the business, appointed Valérie Lavigne as winemaker in 2010 thus completing the first all female team at an Italian winery.
WINEMAKING: The day of the harvest was decided by analyzing and tasting the grapes. Manual harvesting with careful selection of the bunches and subsequent passage on the sorting table to remove any impurities.
VINIFICATION: In thermo-regulated truncated cone vats, with open cap and mechanized fulling system. The size of the vats was decided according to the size of the vineyards and the speed of harvest to fill them always in a working day. After the alcoholic fermentation the wine remained to macerate 15 days in contact with the skins of the grapes.
AGING IN OAK: tonneau of 5 and 7 hectolitres of French oak produced by 4 artisan laboratories. The use of different oak barrels, for origin and processing technique, serves to increase the complexity of the wine and allows a tailoring process giving each wine the most suitable container. The tonneau containing the future Brunello Prime Donne are marked by a red heart hanging in frontof them. The aging is finished in traditional barrels of 15-40 hl of Slavonian oak. Before bottling Brunello stood in bare concrete containers. It was not filtered.
QUANTITY PRODUCED: 6.600 bottles.
TASTING NOTES: Complex, deep, fine, full of suggestions that begin with ripe red fruits, continue with the underbrush, exotic fruits and the most sensual spices. On the palate it stands out for the perfect harmony of its components: the solid structure, the fullness of the fruit, silky tannins, the satisfying breadth of the flavour that lengthens elegantly in a pleasant and persistent finish.
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