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Brunello wine conquers the Council of Europe

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An event in Strasbourg presents pictures and tastes of Val d’Orcia to the delegates of the Coucil of Europe: town of art, Brunello wine and pecorino cheese

DonatellaCinelliColombini-presents-Brunello wine-to the Council of Europe

DonatellaCinelliColombini-presents-Brunello wine-to the Council of Europe

If the European Union is the politic and economic brain of our continent, the Council of Europe is the birthplace of its values. The place where the local autorithies get together to share principles to be spead all over the countries.
Strasbourg is the best place for this kind of institution, the german border is only 10 km far away and the city is a multicultural one and a mixture of the perfect german organisation and the french sense of beautiful with its gothic cathedral with the stained glass window, the pinnacles and the arches. The building of the Council of Europe is the modern version of the same architectural shape. An harmonius complex of huge spaces realized to satisfy their functions.

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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

Brunello_Riserva_PrimeDonne_DonatellaCinelliColombini

Brunello_Riserva_PrimeDonne_DonatellaCinelliColombini

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.

Montalcino-Brunello-CasatoPrimeDonne-

Montalcino-Brunello-CasatoPrimeDonne-

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.

 


Shopping for Brunello wine in Montalcino

There are those of you who prefer to visit the wine cellar before you buy top quality wine such as Brunello Casato Prime Donne, therefore shopping in one of the specialist wine cantinas in Montalcino is a perfect way to spend your time

Montalcino-Bruno-Dalmazio and Violante

Montalcino-Bruno-Dalmazio and Violante

Each year about one million wine tourists visit Montalcino, they are attracted by the reputation of the Brunello wine and are eager to return home with these prestigious bottles and important first-hand information from the wine producers themselves. To help them to

Montalcino-SergioPierangioli-in his wine cellar

Montalcino-SergioPierangioli-in his wine cellar

visit the wineries, the Consortium of Brunello has printed a Wine road map which has a list of all manufacturers accompanied by their phone numbers and information about the wines they produce.

Therefore it is perfect for those of you who prefer to buy bottles of Brunello from various different producers in order to compare your judgment and personal opinions with those of the famous wine experts. Here in Montalcino we offer a wine comparison shopping spree

which is unrivaled across the world. The majority of wine bars and cantinas stock the Brunello wines from all the wineries and some of them can offer online marketing and distribution services. There are also a few small exclusive highly qualified wineries which are able to offer rare bottles.

Many wineries and cantinas also offer wine tasting and there is even one with an Enomatic systemwhich offers the opportunity to taste 100 different Brunello wines, perfect for those

FabioTassi-Montalcino-Wine shop La Fortezza-

FabioTassi-Montalcino-Wine shop La Fortezza-

who are staying nearby and who want to taste as many wines as possible!! Generally, the sales staff are multilingual and are experts in the Brunello wines they sell, they know everything

Montalcino-Wine-Dipiazza-the-young-staff

Montalcino-Wine-Dipiazza-the-young-staff

about the peculiarities of the area and the individual wineries.

In all the wine cellars, as well as delicious wine to purchase you will also find many quality wine accessories such as crystal glasses and decanters, thermometers and professional corkscrews. Basically, those who visit Montalcino can return home with all the items needed to give friends a perfect evening based around the delicious Brunello wine and all its trappings. We hope that

Montalcino-WineBar-Franci

Montalcino-WineBar-Franci

amongst these wines there are some produced by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

 

Grape harvest weekend in Tuscany

Take part to the grape harvest of Brunello wine and Chianti in the vineyards, in the cellar and sit at the table of Donatella Cinelli Colombini restaurant

grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle

grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle

An unique experience to discover how the great tuscan red wines such as Brunello, Chianti Superiore and Doc Orcia are  produced. You will meet new friends, you will sleep in the houses of the ancient farmers and you will live a funny day between vineyards and cellars during the grape harvest with technical wine tasting and tasty dishes from Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia. Sunday, before leaving, vertical guided wine tasting of Brunello di Montalcino produced at Casato
Prime Donne and lunch at our restaurant with pinci. Furthermore visit to neighbouring towns such as Pienza and Montepulciano.

Programme:

Saturday 22nd September
Check-in at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda in the south of Chianti district
4.00 pm grape harvest experience in the vineyards
5.00 pm in the cellar to see the vinification process
6.30 pm Happy wine in the histyorical cellar at Fattoria del Colle with Cenerentola Orcia Doc and
Pecorino cheese from Crete Senesi
8.00 pm Dinner at the restaurant Osteria di Donatella with view on Trequanda village. Menù with dishes of ancient senese meat like Pappardelle al sugo di cinta senese and grilled chianina meat

Grape harvest 2011

Grape harvest 2011

matched with Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2007
Night stay at Fattoria del Colle

Sunday 23rd September

10.30 am guided tour at Fattoria del Colle in the ancient rooms of the sixteenth-century villa, the chapel and the historical cellar. Following vertical guided wine tasting with must, Rosso di Montalcino Doc, the future Brunello 2010, Brunello 2007 and Brunello Riserva 2005.

Bonella and Sangiovese grapes

Bonella and Sangiovese grapes

1.00 pm Lunch at the restaurante with pinci (typical tuscan handmade pasta) and cinta senese ham matched with Leone Rosso Orcia Doc.

After lunch we suggest the trekking through the vineyards at Fattoria del Colle: it is an informative walk among the vineyards with explicative signposts regarding grape varieties;at the end a test and a little award for you. As an alternative you can visit the towns of artistic interest like Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino.

Price per person:
85,50 € for the stay in double room with bathroom and the activities described in the programme
61,30 € for the dinner and the lunch with wines included


Brunello wine at the Olympic Games

Brunello wine from 49 wineries inMontalcino in Casa Italia in London, in front of Westminster Abbey for the Olympic Games

Foil-Olympic Games-London-2012

Foil-Olympic Games-London-2012

In the splendid building where the Italian Olympic champions are celebrated there were also bottles of Brunello accompanied by Stefano Campatelli director of the Consorzio del Brunello. The Montalcino wine has taken part in this Olympic kermes in the space occupied by the Enoteca Italiana through the Ministero delle Politiche agricole. The extraordinary wine from Montalcino has brought good luck to the women’s team foil quartet – Valentina Vezzali, Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo and Ilaria Salvatori – who won a gold medal exactly when the event regarding Brunello was organized.

These are the wineries present: Abbadia Ardenga, Altesino and Armilla, Barbi,

London-Olympic Games 2012-Campatelli-Enoteca-Italiana

London-Olympic Games 2012-Campatelli-Enoteca-Italiana

Camigliano, Canalicchio di Franco Pacenti, Canalicchio di sopra, Capanna, Caparzo, Casisano Colombaio, Castello Romitorio, Citille di sopra, Col d’ Orcia, Collosorbo and Cupano, Fanti, Ferrero and Fossacolle, Gianni Brunelli, Il Marroneto and Il Poggione, La Colombina, La Lecciaia, La Palazzetta, La Poderina, La Togata and Le Chiuse, Mastrojanni and Molino di Sant’Antimo, Padelletti, Palazzo, Paradisone, Pian delle Vigne and Pinino, Ridolfi, San Giacomo, San Polo, Sassodisole and Sesti, Talenti, Tenimenti Ruffino, Tenuta Croce di Mezzo, Tenuta Oliveto, Tenuta San Giorgio, Tenute Silvio Nardi and Terre Nere.

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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