The Donatella Cinelli Colombini: Casato Prime Donne estate is located in Montalcino, at the heart of the Tuscany wine region and to the south of the Chianti appellation. Owned by the Donatella Cinelli Colombini family since the 16th century, the estate experienced a turning point during the last three generations, which has been passed down from mother to daughter. Since 1998, Donatella Cinelli Colombini has been carefully reestablishing its ancestral prestige. To this end, its team is entirely made up of women possessing great expertise and know-how, making the property the first in Italy to be entirely made up of women.
The Casato Prime Donne Brunello di Montalcino 2016 is produced in Montalcino, the best place there is to cultivate Sangiovese. Indeed, this grape variety has been cultivated on these lands for hundreds, even thousands of years. The 10 best hectares of vines are chosen from the 16 at the estate to develop the Brunello each year. The vineyard is located in a cool area in the north of the Montalcino region at 225 metres above sea level. The southwest-facing vines are rooted in a soil rich in clay and silt. To preserve this precious terroir, Donatella Cinelli Colombini operates its vineyard through organic farming.
The Brunello is an absolutely extraordinary quality, embodying a red wine which promises extremely long ageing as the cru magnifies itself through the test of time.
Winemaking and ageing
After the manual and plot-based harvests, the best bunches are taken to the cellar in less than 30 minutes. In this way, the quality of the fruit remains intact. A new sorting is carried out at the cellar. The grapes ferment in concrete or stainless steel vats, with a punching down system which enables vinification without a pump. Vinification is traditional and delicate, and yeasts from Montalcino are used to obtain wines which reflect the identity of their terroir. The wine then successively ages in casks and large barrels. The receptacles come from small French artisan workshops which work on custom-made wood so as to find a perfect balance for the wine. Ageing in oak lasts for between 2 and 3 years, during which the wine also ages in large barrels traditional to the region. Finally, the Brunello ages in bottles for 6 additional months before being put on the market.
This is a 100% Sangiovese wine.
The Casato Prime Donne Brunello di Montalcino 2016 is ruby red and turns garnet with time.
The aromatic bouquet is characterised by its finesse, precision, depth and complexity. Red fruits and spices harmonise therein, creating a sublime aromatic expression.
The Casato Prime Donne Brunello di Montalcino 2016 is an elegant, full-bodied and harmonious wine. Its very beautiful roundness extends into a finish with formidable length.
Food and wine pairings
The Casato Prime Donne Brunello di Montalcino 2016 is the perfect companion for prime cuts of meat and matured cheeses.
Serving and keeping
The Casato Prime Donne Brunello di Montalcino 2016 is an exceptional wine which will express the finesse of its style between 2036 and 2046, even beyond. For an optimal tasting, serve at 18°C in round wine glasses.