2016 is a 5 star harvest where the vines had a vegetative cycle that was extremely long. A slow and perfect ripening of the grapes produced masterpiece grapes for this Rosa di Tetto.
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Rosato IGT, Toscana
Rosa di Tetto is produced at Fattoria del Colle from a Sangiovese vineyard planted in 1999 and cultivated according to the organic regime at 400m above sea level. It has a more French style rather than Italian, evident in its faded out pink colour but most of all in the taste and rich aroma that recalls green apple and flowers.
It is strange to say but sometimes the best Sangiovese is not beautiful to the eye. In fact the grapes of this variety have a much more delicate skin than the Cabernet or Merlot varieties, and for this reason, when they are perfectly ripe, as in 2016, they are very fragile and break with just touching them. In our winery we pick by hand, choosing the clusters one by one in the vineyard. Then they are rapidly brought to the cellar to avoid that they lose liquid and begin the fermentation inside the crates.
The result is like a dance, among the rows of vines, the pickers bend and stand up, the crates are first on the ground then brought up into the air to empty rapidly the clusters into the bins that bring them into the cellar. In less than 20 minutes the grapes reach the sorting table, that chooses the best grapes and then into the fermentation tanks.
The 2016 harvest had an extraordinary quality potential, and for this reason the group of pickers was made up of more than 15 people. This allowed us to pick each small plot of vineyard on the exact day of perfect ripening and so produce high quality wines for the whole range of the two wineries Fattoria del Colle and Casato Prime Donne. Read more…
The 2016 5 star vintage. Limited edition of only 2000 bottles for the I.G.T. Toscana Sanchimento from Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Fattoria del Colle
The small Sanchimento vineyard was planted in 1990 with Traminer grapes on the north side of the hill that goes up behind the chapel at Fattoria del Colle 404 m above sea level. The soil is deep with mostly clay and quaternion deposits.
The choice of the Traminer variety is quite unusual in Tuscany and depends on Fausto Cinelli’s preference; he was Donatella’s father, for this variety which wants cool climates and especially cold nights like those at Fattoria del Colle.
From this vineyard Donatella Cinelli Colombini produces only 2000 bottle a year of I.G.T. Toscana bianco. A small and cosseted selection that bears the name of the
chapel next to the vineyard: San Clemente I Pope in 97 a.D. in Sebastopoli. San Chimento is in fact the medieval name of the same saint.
The 2016 vintage is one of the best of the last few years thanks to its very long vegetative cycle was very long, the vines did sprout early and arrived at complete ripening in the usual dates, in a gradual and slow manner. From this happy instance and from the cold nights in September, depends the particular richness in aroma of the Sanchimento 2016. Read more…
1.200-1500 meters up, a race upwards. Once it was called heroic viticulture, now it seems that high altitude wines are the new frontier against global warming
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By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, agriturismo .
Let’s start from Wine Searcher and from a very interesting article by Wink Lorch that I suggest you read, for its reflections regarding High-Altitude Wines, of which producers talk always more and more.
Altitude signifies freshness: the average temperatures are lower and so the alcohol is low and the acids increase resulting in fine and elegant wines. Also often in high altitude there is a big difference between day and night temperatures with exceptional results in the synthesis of the floral and fruit aromas.
Altitude signifies intensity: in high altitude the sunlight is stronger and with more UV-B rays. This fills the grapes with antioxidants, the grape skin gets thicker and takes into the wine quantities of tannins, excellent anthocyanins. These increase the intensity of the fruit and the ability of the wine to age.
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The direct testimony of those who have vineyards over 1000 meters in height on the Etna , such as Santa Maria la Nave, confirm all of this and bring the attention on the less pollution in the air and the better ventilation.
Altitude means contrast to global warming: in the traditional grape growing regions maintaining the right alcohol-acids equilibrium is getting more and more difficult because of the warmer temperatures. The high altitude vineyards can be a valid alternative. Read more…
Chianti Superiore is produced all over the Chianti territory except in Chianti Classico. It indicates the best grape and Chianti wine selections
by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, agriturismo, winery
2015 a year with highs and lows: our vineyards a spectacular harvest, whereas just a few miles away the hail destroyed roofs and even cars. We feel exceptionally lucky!
The great vintages of the last thirty years such as 2010 and 2015 have great similarities: rainy winter, bad weather in the spring which disturbed the flowering and reduced the number of clusters produced, hot summer with very high temperatures in July and cooler ones in August, clear sky during the harvest.
A scheme which brings to the production of great red wines. 2015 was consequently an excellent year.
At Fattoria del Colle the vineyards are on top of the hill, 404 m above sea level. The quaternary deep soils have mostly sea sands and fragments of sandstone. The older vineyards were planted in 1996; the youngest are 10 years old. They are organically grown and the training system chosen is spurred cordon
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They are a beauty to see, because the vine are healthy, in a natural balance with the beautiful surrounding landscape, which is intact and preserved through the centuries: no factories, no intensive farming, nothing different from hundreds of years ago.
The Chianti Superiore by Donatella Cinelli Colombini is practically only Sangiovese; the addition of a few clusters of other varieties is in respect of the tradition that wants Chianti to be a mix. Its main element is consequently the gentle elegance of the Sangiovese, with that characteristic aroma of violets which characterizes this appellation. Read more…
Maybe it is the “Prosecco effect” but there are definitely many Champagne producers offering their bottles at really incredible prices. Will the myth of the most famous bubbles in the world resist?
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne
If we consider that the grapes for Champagne cost 6€ per Kg and the production costs about 9€ to which taxes must be added, it is difficult to understand how a bottle of French bubbly can be sold at 10 Euro. But it happens. We must consider that these wines cannot be sold not bottled, it must finish its time on yeasts in the production area until the degorgement and the capping with the traditional mushroom shaped cork. So the large distribution chains buy in bottle from the wineries. However there is a short cut: the sales “sur latte” , when the wine is still on the yeasts and before the recapping. A system that is useful to give liquidity to wineries and get the less prestigious cuvées out even if with a great sacrifice in price. Obviously, these quantities of wine, that generally bear a label of a chain of supermarkets, are qualitatively worse, and because of their low prices, damage the Champagne reputation.
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For this reason Toubart of the Syndicate des Vignerons, said to Wine Searcher “Champagne’s strength is that it is a beverage that is consumed on special occasions; because of its relatively high price, it has always been a rarity, to be treasured. Price dumping endangers this, it can turn Champagne in to a commodity>>
.How can we say he is wrong, in fact the price too is a message. However the idea of getting rid of shop owners and distributors fearing to end up like Cognac where 4 buyers control the entire brand, does not seem applicable. Read more…