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Brunello di Montalcino 2011 surprisingly great

General stupefaction over the  Brunello di Montalcino 2011 that is liked just as good, if not more, than the legendary 2010 vintage

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 and 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 and 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

It all began on January 22° when Luciano Pignataro, genial and transgressive as ever, publishes an article “Brunello di Montalcino: la 2011 è meglio della 2010. (Brunello 2011 is better than 2010- Blind tasting of 44 samples”.

The group of tasters is of very high level: Fabio Casamassima, Luciano Di Lello, Antonio Di Spirito, Daniele Moroni, Gianmarco Nulli Gennari, Andrea Petrini, Giuseppe Picconi, Luciano Pignataro, Stefano Ronconi, Fabrizio Russo, Maurizio Valeriani.

Informal location, chequered tablecloth and what seems to be quite a joke is instead a real touch of genius. Because among the general bewilderment these Brunello, from a 4 star vintage,2011,  with no expectations from the market, result on average better than the 2010 vintage, that so celebrated by critics and buyers all over the world.  All the better known Brunello included, even Biondi Santi . Only in 8 cases, including mine and that of the best known winery in Montalcino, did the 2010 beat the most recent, but however the differences were really minimal and the level in general very high.

Brunello 2011 and Brunello 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

Brunello 2011 and Brunello 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

To confirm this opinion come, on January 29th, the ratings by Walter Speller super – tater from the very well known blog by the Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. In this case we can compare the Brunello “selection” 2011 and the riserva 2010 or rather those wines for which every winery strives to do their best. Here too the opinions are very close, and considering that Speller liked the Riserva 2010 very much, he said to MontalcinoNews <<it is rally a quality Riserva it was years since there had been such quality >> Read more…

Truffles and wine really are aphrodisiacs!

San Giovanni d’Asso is the third smallest municipality in Tuscany and yet it is one of the top producers in the world of white truffle. Truffle and Orcia wine festival, all for seduction is the motto

Truffle hunting with tourists

Truffle hunting with tourists

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

30° edition of the Mostra Mercato del Tartufo bianco delle Crete Senesi (7-8, 14-15 November 2015) with food stalls and local artisans all  around the medieval castle in San Giovanni d’Asso. Inside the fortifying walls one finds the Museo del tartufo and this is where the market of these delicious truffles. In the surrounding area plenty of truffle preserves, intact natural corners where the dog find the “white nuggets” I have 5 of them at Fattoria del Colle and on Sunday mornings, also during the next weekends(14-15 November and 5-8 December) we organize a truffle hunt for guests staying in our country inn. We will be waiting for you!

Walter Speller in San Giovanni d'Asso

Walter Speller in San Giovanni d’Asso

In the occasion of the Mostra del tartufo bianco the wine appellation of this area was celebrated too, Doc Orcia, which launched the first totem apt to distribute brochures. 7 of them will be positioned in car parks, and tourist information offices to distribute 100.000 flyers with a map. A sort of welcome to Orcia, the most beautiful wine in the world, to tourists who arrive here. The alliance between Consorzio and Strada del vino Orcia is beginning to bring results. In the meantime in the fireplace hall in the castle a wine tasting regarding 10 Orcia wines carried out by Walter Speller, one of the major foreign exerts in Italian wines that has recently discovered this appellation and had a pleasant surprise.

Truffles and Orcia wines

Truffles and Orcia wines

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The Casato Prime Donne award given to the “Mayor of migrants”

The 2015 winners are Giusi Nicolini Mayor of Lampedusa, Costanza Calabrese from the TG5, Walter Speller from jancisrobinson.com, and Gaia Pianigiani from the New York Times

GIUSI NICOLINI

GIUSI NICOLINI

On September 13th in Montalcino the 17th edition of the Casato Prime Donne Award celebrates its winners proposing, as usual, a woman who emerges from the rest and is able to be of example: Giuseppina Maria Nicolini mayor of the most southern municipality in Italy – Lampedusa e Linosa – where immigrants searching for refuge first reach our shores.

Giusi Nicolini is from Lampedusa, dedicated environment protector she has proven courage and civil commitment in running the rescue service for those escaping from the African coast. To her we assign the Casato Prime Donne award that comes from the world of agriculture, a sector which has proven to be particularly apt for integration and has given work to 322,000 migrants.

Costanza Calabrese TG5

Costanza Calabrese TG5

As well as the mayor another 4 awards given to those who divulge Montalcino and its Brunello around the world. Costanza Calabrese became chief editor of the TG5 when only 30 years old and is today one of the main journalists of the Mediaset news. Gaia Pianigiani,  New York Times journalist and pioneer of a “responsive”

Gaia Pianigiani New York Times

Gaia Pianigiani New York Times

journalism who dialogues with the readers, she comes the Chianti region. Walter Speller went t from being a sommelier in an Italian restaurant in Berlin to famous wine writer for www.jancisrobinson.com has become now practically an Italian wine ambassador in the UK. Finally a photograph that best represents the Brunello and Orcia territories chosen by a popular jury that is visiting online. We will know the winner on August 31st. Read more…

UK, USA, Canada, here is the windows for our Brunello 2009

The feeling is that of being in the emergent part of Montalcino, the coolest one, which has received the biggest benefits from the global warming and which expresses itself with elegant Brunellos.

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Brunello wines are greatly appreciated abroad, especially in those countries where wine lovers use to drink bottles coming from the major French Chateau, and prefer those Italian wines with a great harmony and a very long aftertaste.
Casato Prime Donne Brunello belongs to this type of wine: evidence of ripe fruit with soft tannins, roundness and imperceptible but excellent wood.

At the moment our Brunellos from Casato Prime Donne and Orcia DOC wines and Chianti from Fattoria del Colle are at ProWein, the big wine fair in Dusseldorf, where Violante is waiting for importers and experts inside Hall 3, position L51, together with Tuscan wines.

The feedbacks we receive from the market and from experts fill us with satisfaction.
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Jancis Robinson magazine gives recognition to the Brunello 2008

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello 2008 among the three preferred by Jancis Robinson super taster and obtains 17,5 points out of 20

Jancis Robinson for her magazine

Jancis Robinson

The European ratings are expressed out of 20 and not out of 100 as is done in the US, plus they are much more rigid so to achieve 16 or 17 is a first rate outcome. So a vast amount of the 230 Brunello tasted by the super taster Walter Speller – a sort of 007 at the service of Her Majesty Jancis Robinson, queen of the wine experts – have reached this excellent result.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello 2008 rates higher with its 17,5 points, third in his podium. This is his description <<Lacklustre mid ruby with orange rim. Sweet and concentrated and quite closed at the same time. Hint of leather. Chewy tannin framing fresh cherry fruit. Muscular and yet not heavy. (WS)>>.
The rating for the Brunello 2008 Prime Donne is wonderful too 16,5/20 and good for the Brunello Riserva 2007 which obtains 16/20. Read more…

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