Brunello Prime Donne was born as a challenge when the Wine Guides only had men tasters and it has become the first red wine dedicated to women.
In 1998 when Donatella Cinelli Colombini had just received from her parents Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti. Two properties to renovate so as to create a new estate. Lots of investments to be done but also a small,l but also very important, help to begin with: some small quantities of winedestined to become Brunello from the vintages 1993-1997. The search for a cellar master to take care of the wines brought usto chooses a female “head of the cellar” also to the choice of having an all female staff in the cellar, and also to the decision to make the first great red wine apt for a long ageing dedicated to women consumers, the Brunello Prime Donne. Practically a provocation in an era when the guide books for wine had only panels of male tasters.
During the years the Brunello Prime Donne has obtained more and more consent from the international wine press and from the consumers (mostly men). Then last year it was submerged by prizes.
The Brunello “Prime Donne “ is a selection, so it is chosen from all the wine produced from the same vintage. The panel of tasters chooses which wine will become Prime Donne. And in which barrels it must be aged. The panel is made up of 4 very expert lady wine tasters, and they meet once or twice a year. They are the Italo-American Pr Marina Thompson, the German wine shop owner Astrid Schwarz, and one of the best Italian sommeliers Daniela Scrobogna to whom during 2015 we have added the English Master of wine Rosemary George to substitute Maureen Ashley. Some years the panel has decided not to make a Brunello Prime Donne but when they do decide to sign their wine, like in this 2011, they are certain that they are p
roposing great bottles for the public.
Type: dry red.
Production area: Tuscany, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne.
Vintage characteristics: rainy winter and cool spring, the summer was very hot with little difference in day and night temperatures. The vegetative cycle of the vine began sooner than usual and set a harvest calendar that
started 10 days earlier than usual. Scarce harvest, small clusters with small grapes.
Grape type: 100% Sangiovese (Brunello).
Grape harvest: From September 15th to 18th the grapes per carefully handpicked and chosen, only the best clusters reached the cellar.
Vinification: in open truncated cone shaped vats with that are temperature controlled, and with a plunger. A pre fermentation maceration took place of the destemmed grapes so as to lower the temperature. This operation relaxed the cellular walls of the skins favouring the extraction of tannins and anthocyanins.
The fermentation temperature tended to increase and was regulated with refrigeration of the vats. Less pumping overs and plunging of the caps than usual.
Barrel ageing: barrels from the Massif Central and from Slavonia were used, in increasing size, from 5-7 hl to the 15-40 hl of the resting phase.
Quantity produced: 4000 bottles.
Colour: intense and brilliant ruby red. The wine dances slowly in the glass creating tears
Aroma: fine, clean, complex, with evident hints of ripe small red fruits, and spices.
Taste: harmonious, fine, and deep. Evident tannic structure is well balanced by the fruit and alcohol.
Analysis: alcool 14,5 vol., Ac. Totale 5,0 g/l, Ac. Volatile 0,39 mg/l, estratto 31,7g/l, So2 totale 98 mg/l.
Matching dishes: important meat dishes, aged cheeses.
Way of serving: Room temperature (18-20°C). Use balloon shaped crystal wine goblets. Preferably open one hour before serving.
Home ageing: 25 years or more. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place. Have the corks changed in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery around the year 2035.