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.
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.
TYPE: dry red.
PRODUCTION AREA: Toscana, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne.
VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS: Mild winter, spring and summer with frequent rainfalls and cool temperatures. August was sunny, in September only one important rainfall, from the 10-12 of September, followed by sunny days until October. According to statistics, in 2014 the temperature was 1,5 °C warmer compared to the last decade of the 20th century and 2°C less than the beginning of the 21st.
GRAPE TYPE: 100% Sangiovese.
GRAPE HARVEST: From September 20th until October 15th. The grapes were handpicked and chosen in the vineyard and then on sorting tables in the winery. The grapes were sound, with delicate grape-skins.
VINIFICATION: in truncated-cone shaped temperature controlled vats, with a plunger which permits the submerging of the skins in a more traditional manner. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 10-12 days, and then the wine stayed in contact with the skins for another 10 days
BARREL AGEING: 6-12 months in small and medium barrels.
QUANTITY PRODUCED: 28,000 bottles.
COLOUR: very intense and brilliant ruby red.
AROMA: evident hints of wood berries and spices are together fine and intriguing.
TASTE: harmonious, deep, elegant, satisfying. Pleasantly long lasting
ANALISIS: alcohol 13% Vol.; Tot. Ac. 5,4 g/l; Vol. Ac. 0,64 mg/l; Extract 28,4 g/l; SO² Tot 98 mg/l
MATCHING DISHES: very versatile, can be matched with dishes from all over the world, just as it can be matched with the Tuscan cuisine: Fiorentina steak, Pecorino cheese, and tasty cold cuts.
WAY OF SERVING: serve at room temperature (16-18°C), use tulip shaped crystal wine goblets.
HOME STORAGE: comes of age between the 3rd and 6th year after the harvest. Keep the bottles lying down in a cool and dark place.