The French winemaker Valérie Lavigne arrives at Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s estate with the intention of tasting the future Brunello in the winery. Impossible to go into the vineyards.
It was also impossible to taste the future Brunello 2008 with the 4 Prime Donne tasters. Too much snow, real mounds all over the place. However we are able to have a blind tasting of 6 new Brunello 2007 chosen among those in the same price range as ours.
The result is comforting, all excellent wines, Montalcino puts on show some true gems this year even thug they have some very different personalities for each winery. Ours is loved by al and this pleases us greatly.
Valérie Lavigne and the cellar master Barbara Magnani work for hours in the small office on the ground floor where, one hundred years ago the head farmer of Fattoria del Colle kept his writings. Inside this room the perfume of wine is intriguing and there are a dozen bottles around the place.
It’s wonderful to see two young competent and passionate women work
together. It is a new generation of wine making professionists and they speak English to understand one another and thy know how to dose the wine from different barrels so as to find perfect equilibriums. For Valérie Brunello must express the essence of Sangiovese: elegance, energy, austerity but also softness. Dinner with delicious food prepared by Antonio, chef of the Osteria at Fattoria del Colle.
Not happy with the tastings carried out during the day, we drink a wonderful Barolo 2000 by Beni di Batasiolo and a Primitivo di Manduria well spoken of but not very apt to accompany food. This is what is wonderful about being a wine producer, loving the land and its unique produce and knowing how to enjoy it together with those who understand it.