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Excellent ratings for Brunello from Robert Parker – Wine Advocate

Brunello Prime Donne 2013 – 95,  Brunello Riserva 2012 – 93, Brunello 2013 – 92, Brunello 2012 Io sono Donatella 91 from Monica Larner – Robert Parker-Wine Advocate

Ratings Wine Advocate 18By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Casato Prime Donne

Monica I love you!

It is easy for a wine producer to love a wine critic who appreciates their wine. But it is even easier to love a wine critic who appreciates the wine and sees mirrored in it the producer’s personality. For this reason I really adore Monica Larner the Italian reviewer for Robert Parker Jr- Wine Advocate .When she wrote <<….because of her steadfast dedication to all things Tuscan and wine-related, she is one of the figures I admire most in today’s world of vino italiano>>  I nearly fainted.

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Monica-Larner-and-Robert-Parker

Monica was born into a family connected to wine and cinema. Her father Steven Larner, of whom she writes with great love, has been director of photography for very successful films and TV productions, while her brother is wine maker in the family estate in the Ballard Canyon, in Santa Barbara, California and has passed the last few months living the nightmare of the California wildfires.

Monica has had on-hand experience regarding grape growing, including the pruning process. She has in other words a past as a pure journalist with collaborations with La Repubblica, International Herald Tribune and Corriere della Sera, but at the same time a real “grape grower”. In 2003 she began working for Wine Enthusiast and judging Italian wines and getting famous for her great nose able to discover emerging wines from regions such as Etna. Read more…

Passito 2014 a sweet masterpiece

In Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s all female staffed wineries, the only man around is Carlo, lover of sweet wines and of this Passito

Carlo with the TRaminer grapes for passito

Carlo with the TRaminer grapes for passito

Producing passito is an annual ritual that captivates Donatella Cinelli Colombini and most of all her husband Carlo Gardini. A maniacal attention that is possible only because very few bottles are made and because Carlo Gardini and the cellar master Barbara Magnani  have unlimited passion for sweet wines. Their efforts have been rewarded with 93/100 for the 2013 production by Wine Advocate.

2014 was in fact the “organic” year, for those, like us at Fattoria del Colle, grow vines without the use of chemical products brought grapes home healthy and ripe. The At the beginning of September the pink clusters of Traminer grapes from the Sanchimento vineyard, surrounding the Chapel at Fattoria del Colle , were picked by hand, and chosen one by one. The cluster were then put into baskets to dry naturally.

WINE SPECTATOR WINE ADVOCATE

WINE SPECTATOR WINE ADVOCATE

This is the most laborious phase in the production because the cellar master Barbara Magnani  must move the grapes continuously according to the weather, if it rains for example. In 2014 the summer was rainy and cool, but at the beginning of September the sun came out and there were only three showers during the whole month. The good weather lasted all of October  while the baskets with the Traminer grapes continued being moved around to find every single ray of sunshine. Read more…


Coravin, a really explosive novelty

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Coravin the corkscrew destined to revolutionize the consumption of expensive wines because it exploded

Coravin

Coravin

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At the beginning of the year Robert Parker had cited the diffusion of Coravin in 7th position among the most significant trends in 2014. The father of “Wine Advocate” was convinced that Coravin would revolutionize the consumption of luxury wines making it accessible also for wine lovers who were not millionaires. And in fact the possibility of drinking a little from a bottle worth 5-10.000 Euro without having to pay for all of it made it a great opportunity for lovers of great wines, those who enjoy their bottles and don’t keep them in a vault so as to gain value.
Cold shower though!

Coravin esploded! 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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To listen or not to listen to the market and the guidebooks. The producers’ doubts

If up until 5 years ago a rating of 90/100 in the Wine Advocate or Wine Spectator opened up the market now the influence of the web grows and the desire for different wines

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Wine-Advocate-Brunello-riserva-2007

The theme is <<Who buys wine and who is an “influencer”>>. An important subject and one that has always been of interest for wine producers. But it is also a subject that has different replies to 5 years ago. In the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, which took place on September 23rd last in Napa Valley in California, one of the main relaters was John Gillespie head of the Wine Market Council and Ceo of Wine Opinion. In his relation, excellently summarised by WineNews in an article with the explicit title <<Usa: a friend’s opinion is better than Parker’s>>, Gillespie has brought the results of a recent survey which demonstrates how the US wine lover welcomes advice from friends who are more expert or by sommeliers in restaurants and wine stores while he is practically untouched by the ratings in specialized press  who’s influence comes from, in decreasing order, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate.

This information must not however allows us to forget that “friends that are wine experts”

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Brunello-Riserva-2007-Wine-Spectator-94

and sommeliers can have been previously influenced by the great wine gurus. Traditionally Wine Advocate orients its readers towards dream bottles, those with many zeros. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast influence the evolved consumers and lovers of good bottles. Tanzer International Wine Cellar offers references for the market – sommeliers and buyers.

This is the scenario that for years has influenced wine sales in theUSAand in the rest of the world, other than pushing the producers to conform to the style appreciated by the tasters of the most famous magazines – known as “parkerization” – with wines which are fruity, powerful and concentrated. Today two revolutionary elements have arrived: the web and the consumption of a generation of millenials which love wines with an identity, different one from the other, as opposed to the dominating homologated style of a few years ago. So in fact Roger Gentile, one of the major wine experts and merchants inUSAinterviewed by Elisabetta Tosi said <<Parker works if one is over 45, or however around that age. If you are younger, what counts are the electronic media>>.

So the importance of websites such as CellarTracker grows, where every consumer can express his judgement even without being very competent, but most of all it’s the wine bloggers who grow, which more often and with more competence taste and tell us their opinion.

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Brunelli-assaggiato-da-Barolista

This is the case, for example of Barolista a great Swedish wine lover who buys great bottles, tastes them and then publishes his ratings. After a recent Brunello tasting, where my Prime Donne 2001 was greatly appreciated, I wrote to him thanking him and he replied telling me where he had bought my wine and how much he had paid for it, pleased with the great bargain he had made.

It is probably these independent and expert tasters who play with wine an international treasure hunt, looking for novelties and excellent bottles, which will influence the future wine market. In creating also a new fashion similar to what has happened with clothes fashion, where a women dressed with designer clothes from head to foot is considered provincial because those who are “in” can mix things bought at the market together with things  bought in a boutique so as to exalt their personality.

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