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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

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Wine-Spectator-Brunello-riserva-2008-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…

A super Rosé for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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The Miraval rosé by the most famous couple in Hollywood is among the first 100 in the world according to Wine Spectator. Produced in 100.000 bottles which cost 28$

 

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Pitt-Jolie

One must say that they have a good nose, not only are they able to choose the best producers and screenplays, but also the best wine makers and vineyards.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, he’s 50 she is 38; they bought Chateau Miraval in Provence in 2008 costing 55 million dollars.

The property resembles a village with buildings in the typical Provence style. Insider there are 35 rooms, a wellness centre with Jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool, gym, a recoding studio that has been used by the Pink Floyd and by Sting. Outside swimming pools, fountains and lakes are surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, rigorously biological for a total of 400 hectares.

This is a very suggestive place for the actors and their 6 children. It seems in fact that

Chateau-Miraval

Chateau-Miraval

Angelina and Brad are really interested in wine production and that they have great ambitions so they are having the land mapped by the great expert Claude Bourguignon.

So even though Chateau Miraval has been producing wine for a long time, now it is aiming sky high. The wine maker Marc Perrin seems to have hit the target with the 2012 rosé which has obtained 90/100 in the Wine Spectator and a position in the most desired list in the world, the Top 100, where it results 84th. If we consider that Chateau d’Yquem is at 98th position, the wine maker can really be euphoric.Pitt and Jolie are known for their intense humanitarian activities where they also involve their wines. A few months ago one of their barriques was sold for 10.000€ to help a Congolese association.

Even though such a rapid success and with a rosé wine seems strange and seems to depend more from the fame of the two actors rather than the characteristics of the Rosé Miraval wine, the success obtained by such generous people such as Pitt and Jolie can only please us.


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

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

 

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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.

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…


The most important wine word today is “autochthonous”

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Indigenous, that is the key element in wine according to Matt Kramer editorialist for Wine Spectator

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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Matt-Kramer-Wine-Spectator

Since 1985 Kramer writes regularly for the most influential wine magazine in the world and has an analytical ability and a knowledge regarding wines which are extraordinary. Listening to his opinions is consequently a must for those who want to understand where the wind blows for wine. In his article dated June 30th he began with this phrase <<Do you think that at this moment the most important word in wine is “natural”? Or “authentic” Or better still “commercial” None of these. The most important word in wine today is “autochthonous ” (indigenous).>> With his usual understandable explanation he gets across that all that happens in the Vineyard and the cellar is important but not fundamental, not as much as the 3 key elements: microclimate, soil, grape variety. No matter how hard the producer may try to characterize his Cabernet Sauvignon, it will always remain a Cabernet Sauvignon. But, what is the identity or indigenous character as Kramer calls it? Read more…

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