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Wine Spectator gives my Brunello Prime Donne 2010 96/100

It is called Insider and it is an email that reports the best ratings on Wine Spectator. Every winery in the world wants to see its wines rated there. My Brunello has been

Brunello PrimeDonne 2010 Wine Spectator

Brunello PrimeDonne 2010 Wine Spectator

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

How exciting! Only 20 Brunello in the Insider and only 4 in the “hot wines”. Mine is in second position with a splendid rating of 96/100

The ratings by the most read and most authoritative American wine magazine start their journey towards the podium starting from a minimum of  50-74 for the not recommendable wines, then there are the mediocre ones (75-79), the good ones (80-84) the very good ones (85-89). And finally the champions (90-94) and the summit or rather, the classical wines rated between 95 and 100 points.

So, our Brunello Prime Donne 2010 is a vino CLASSICO that would mean an icon such as the works by Raffaello, Mozart, Petrarca … Maybe I’m being a bit presumptuous with these comparisons? It must be aid though that the search for harmony does countersign all my wines but especially the Brunello and this does make the word “Classic” quite apt. Read more…

93/100 – Wine Spectator rating for our Brunello Riserva 2008

First in Wine Spectator’s list of Brunello Riserva 2008, it is appreciated for its balanced character and long finish

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini



This is Bruce Sanderson’s description <<This ripe juicy Brunello offers plenty of sweet cherry and licorice flavors. The tannins are assertive but overall this is balance. All the elements come together on long finish of briar and tobacco. Best drinking time between 2017 and 2023>>
93/100 is the maximum rating given to a Riserva 2008 Brunello di Montalcino, and we share this wonderful result with La Gerla, Mastrojanni – Vigna Loreto and Poggio Antico.
Bruce Sanderson, the wine critic who, for the last four years has tasted all the Brunellos, spent his first working years in the wine trade, and has been working for 21 years for Wine Spectator where he is one of the “Senior Editors” and he manages the entire “tasting department”. Read more…

Our Brunello Riserva 2007 rated in the Top Scoring by WS

Bruce Sanderson of the Wine Spectator prefers the following Brunello vintages: 2004 (with 97/100), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2005 and 2003

WineSpectator 94 Brunello Riserva 2007

WineSpectator 94 Brunello Riserva 2007

Donatella Cinelli Colombini celebrates her Brunello Riserva 2007 among Bruce Sanderson‘s favourites, he is Senior editor and Tasting department director for Wine Spectator. For the second consecutive year the wine produced at Casato Prime Donne in 2007 is in the Olympus of wine in the Top Scoring by the super taster Bruce Sanderson. It is in 11th position with a rating of 94/100. Donatella is quite rightly over the moon.
Sanderson’s opinions are very interesting, his article begins with << The Americans have a special love for Brunello di Montalcino and it is not difficult to understand why. This red wine made with 100 % Sangiovese, is one of the best Italian products. With various styles – form true traditionalist to the decidedly modern –the best Brunello bottles show the complexity in the soil and the variety of microclimates which are peculiar to Tuscany.……In 2008 the temperatures were cool during the vegetative cycle of the vines and there were great difference s in day and night temperatures at the end of august right up until the harvest which took place later than usual.>> Read more…

94/100 in Wine Spectator for Donatella’s Brunello Riserva 2007

Bruce Sanderson the super wine taster for Wine Spectator has awarded the “enticing” Brunello Riserva 2007 from Casato Prime Donne with 94/100

Wine Spectator and my Brunello Riserva 2007

Brunello Riserva 2007 rated 94/100 from Wine Spectator

The prestigious wine magazine “Wine Spectator” is a sort of bible for those who sell, collect or only drink great wines all over the world. Its authoritativeness depends on the level of its tasters who are all great experts absolutely impervious to any external influences. It for this reason, to guarantee this distance, that Brunello also is tasted in New York where the Consorzio sends, every years, nearly a thousand bottles coming from all of the member wineries. This rating of 94/100 for the Brunello Riserva is excellent and has filled Donatella Cinelli Colombini with joy and pride.

This is what Bruce Sanderson head of the Wine Spectator tasting commission

Labeling the Brunello Riserva 2007

Brunello Riserva 2007 from Casato Prime Donne

wrote regarding the.
94/100 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007
<<A deft use of oak adds spice and roundness to this bright, cherry and plum-laced Brunello. There’s a beam of acidity maintaining focus as the fruit melds into dense, burly tannins. Needs time to integrate, but this remains enticing. Best from 2015 through 2030>>.

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95, 92, 90 the scores for the Brunello wines of Donatella Cinelli Colombini

In addition to the 95 points for the Brunello Riserva 2006 and being on top of the Highly Recommended list, the “Wine Spectator” also highlights and rewards the Brunello wine and the Brunello Prime Donne 2007



When Donatella Cinelli Colombini opened the “Wine Spectator” dated 30th September she found that her Brunello Riserva 2006 is the top of the “Spectator selections”. This is her dream come true. Every manufacturer hopes to see her wine in that magical place at least once in her career and Donatella has now achieved it.

But there was also other good news, a few pages later she found that her Brunello 2007 Prime Donne had been awarded 92 points and that her Brunello 2007 had received 90 points. What a wonderful result! The descriptions of these two wines were written by Bruce Sanderson, director of the “Tasting department” of this prestigious American magazine.

Here is what he wrote:

92 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2007. A powerful version characterized by flavours of cherries, plums and tobacco with a hint of juniperBruce-Sanderson_Wine-Spectator and mint. Dense tannins are interrupted in the final tastes of this wine by the sweetness of the fruit mixed together with a subtle spicy edge. This wine will be at its best between 2014 and 2027

90 Brunello di Montalcino 2007. Strong and muscular, this harmonious red gives us flavours of cherries, plums, tobacco and spices, with receding tannins and finally finishing with a freshness. This wine will be at its best between 2014 and 2027.

The article continues with more positive evaluations for the Rosso di Montalcino 2009 and 2010 both of which were judged worthy of 89/100 and both are amongst the top seven of their denomination. The description of the 2010, written by Bruce Sanderson, even starts to rival the comments for the Brunello.



Here it is: This big, rich red wine has notes of cherry, plum and hints of the earth. Dense and tannic, well balanced on a large scale. Its taste ends up being dry and satisfying. This wine will be at its best between 2013 and 2018.


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