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Rosso di Montalcino 2014 the year of ORGANIC vineyards

Donatella Cinelli Colombini  presents her Rosso di Montalcino 2014 portraying a 20th century style vintage in the sign of ORGANIC vineyards.

Rosso di Montalcino 2014 Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Rosso di Montalcino 2014 Donatella Cinelli Colombini

2014 a vintage like in the 20th century with great cluster thinning and reduction of the leaves just like our grandfathers used to do. At the end perfect grapes that were sound and rewarded the great work done by the grape growers.

In fact 2014 has been the vintage for a comeback for those who, like Donatella Cinelli Colombini, believe in a manual and organic cultivation of the vineyards. Healthy vines, healthy and ripe grapes. Those who have used pesticides cannot say the same.

The Rosso di Montalcino 2014 is being put on sale a few months earlier than foreseen because of the great success that was obtained by the previous vintage.

Casato Prime Donne grape harvest 2014

Casato Prime Donne grape harvest 2014

The new style of the Rosso di Montalcino by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, that is so liked by wine lovers all over the world, is based on a very delicate vinification which extracts from the grape skins only the best. The result is very satisfying and easy to match with food from all over the world, it is elegant, round but most of all extraordinarily harmonious.

It is this extreme harmony that is the distinctive trait of the grapes from Casato Prime Donne, thanks to the slow and gradual ripening of the grapes typical for this area. In 2014 the climatic conditions were ideal for the synthesis of the grape aromas and consequently those of the wine. It is in fact the climate that has impressed in the 2014 wines a very modern style: deep, round and not very alcoholic. Read more…

Wine day during the harvest with Donatella Cinelli Colombini

3 weekends at Fattoria del Colle when you can live and relive the experience and unique atmosphere of the haverst among Brunello and Chianti vineyards

20-21 / 27-28 september

4-5 october*

On the 20th of september, a little later then expected, Donatella Cinelli Colombini‘s



wineries will give the go to the harvest! The grapes are almost fully ripen and totally healthy, so it appears to be a good year. Let’s hope for a great harvest! Fattoria del Colle proposes, for the occasion, a brand new offer for stays and activities all dedicated to the harvest. Come and experience the emotions and the unique atmosphere  to the grape harvest in southern Chianti to discover how the great red Tuscan wines like Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti are born and the secrets hidden behind these bottles. All of this happens while immersed in the surroundings of a  16th century estate where apartments have been created from the old farmhouses. This is not just a trip back in time but a fun day in the vineyard and in the cellar with guided technical tastings by expert staff, and dinners with typical dishes from the Crete Senesi and Val d’ Orcia areas.

In October the program will be enriched with a Vinotherapy program in our wellness centre at Fattoria del Colle

To conclude the trip we suggest a visit to the cities of art close by such as Pienza and Montepulciano, Cortona and San Quirico-Bagno Vignoni, or to continue you “divine “weekend in  Montalcino. Read more…

94, 94, 94, 94… Yet again we are awarded 94/100 for our Brunello wine

This is the fourth time that our Brunello wine has been awarded 94/100 from the prestigious American magazine the Wine Spectator. In its issue dated 31st August our 2006 Prime Donne wine is described as follows:- “there is richness and strength here, with an underlying hint of base minerals. I can detect black cherries and black currants. It is well balanced and demonstrates a good potential and refinement. It will be at it’s best between 2013 and 2027”. Bruce Sanderson has described this wine in a sensual way almost as if he is describing a desirable woman, which is particularly appropriate as this is exactly who the wine is dedicated to.

Brunello 2006 Prime Donne

Brunello 2006 Prime Donne

I am particularly pleased to see that all of my Brunello wines this year have achieved good ratings and that this is a continuing trend. Both the Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate have awarded them similar marks. 92,92,92 from the the Wine Advocate, and 94, 94, 93 from the Wine Spectator (marks awarded for the 2006 Brunello, Brunello Prime Donne Brunello 2006 and Riserva 2005).

This is not true for all the producers. In general, the larger wine producers did not received consistant votes for their produce and have a large range of differing votes awarded to their wines. Instead, our production and results are growing in a harmonious and homogeneous way.

The 2006 vintage is the first true harvest of my new vineyards in Montalcino. The vines which I planted in 2006 were four or five years old. Due to their age the Vines have still not yet achieved their full potential or produced their best quality grapes. Our winemakers, led by the Agronomist Folco Bencini, tend the vineyards with the same care and attention that they would dedicate to nurturing their own children. Last Friday 20 mm of rain fell in half an hour and we also noticed with dismay that a few hail stones fell. The following day everyone rushed to the vineyard and we only calmed down and stopped panicking when we realized that nothing was damaged, not even the leaves.

These young vines are our wealth and our future. If, in the coming winter, we have a dry month without rain, we are

Casato Prime Donne Winery in Montalcino

Casato Prime Donne Winery in Montalcino

planning to plant 3 hectares acres of new vineyards on the hill overlooking the Casato Prime Donne house. When the new vineyard begins to produce grapes we will uproot the large vineyard the “Vignone” which was planted by my grandfather on the lowest part of our property. It is the only remaining original old vineyard left, all the others have been replanted. In a few years time we will be able to be truly competitive at all levels and then we will really start to have some fun!

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It’s time for Superitalians


Two or more autochthonous varieties used together: its seems obvious but until a few years ago the blend with  most success was made with Sangiovese together with international varieties, today though,  on the other hand the need for identity, of originality, of a distinctive character, pushes wine makers towards new solutions which associate traditional varieties from the same territory, but there is lots more

Valérie Lavigne Donatella Cinelli Colombini e Barbara Magnani

Valerie Lavigne, the wine consultant that Donatella Cinelli Colombini has brought from the Bordeaux University into her wineries Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti, explains her conception of winemaking. Something opposite to globalization but however able to compete at very high quality levels in an international scenario.
Her reasoning starts with a question mark that puts a doubt on the very same concept of “international variety”. For the French wine expert
<< Autochthonous varieties, when combined with the image of a great wine produced in this region, Brunello Sangiovese for example, are always cultivated at their northern limit, therefore where it is always a little more difficult than elsewhere to get a full maturity. It is in these conditions that the grape expression is the most original and most inimitable. The international varieties like merlot, cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay, when grown in Bordeaux and Burgundy are at their northern limit. The aromas of these varieties, in these circumstances are very unique and identifiable. Grown in warmer or drier climates wines produced can be good but not very great wines. Their aromatic expression loses its unique character>>. In other words the concept of Merlot is the same everywhere” is for her pure illusion. On the contrary it is only challenging nature, in extreme conditions, that one reaches excellence.
But this is where the “terroir” factor comes into it, or rather the imprint, the distinctive trait of the territory << it is having a recognizable taste that makes a great wine, the taste which is the specific expression of one or more varieties grown in a certain region. Without this authentic imprint of the terroir there can be no diversity. The search for quality is consequently, in my opinion, inextricably bound to the concepts of territory, identity and consequently diversity>>

One of Casato Prime Donne's vineyards

One of Casato Prime Donne's vineyards

This concept puts the vineyard in the position of prime protagonist, and brings with it a question: in which direction should we go? << I think that it is the time to study a blend among autochthonous varieties, therefore to produce wines tied to a specific territory and consequently with a recognizable and inimitable taste. Why not imagine the effect of combining the colourful, powerful, low acid and very tannic Sagrantino with the more delicate, most acidic and less colourful Sangiovese ? It is the tannin quality of each that will guide the blend. But there are probably other ways to explore or deepen in all cases. What about Colorino for example?
A courageous point of view, that of the French researcher, who in her opinions, shows years of research on wine aromas, carried out in the most prestigious wine university in the world. Her ability as researcher and as wine taster have led her to be chosen by the Head of the Enology faculty in Bordeaux, Denis Dubordieu, to constitute together with Christophe Olivier, a group of consultants who advise excellent wineries such as Châteaux d’Yquem, Margaux and Cheval Blanc. Valérie, is not an ordinary woman, but an export who’s opinion count greatly in the wine world.

Cantina Casato Prime Donne

Cantina Casato Prime Donne

So identity is essential, and so is the protection of the distinctive characters of the grapes of a specific territory obtained also through a different rapport with barrels << The wood must not disturb this authenticity, it must remain a support, an element of complexity>>. At the same time the vineyard must be << eco-compatible to produce great wines>>. In her word a strong no towards those who pollute using as a justification the intent of making great wines.  <<no residues of pesticides not only in wines but also in soil, water and air, unspoilt and adorned countryside. A countryside which is clean and beautiful. The producers of a territory defend the environment investing in the economic, social and cultural future of their children.>>.

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