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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

Brunello Riserva is one of the finest red wines in the world because of its extraordinary quality and because it is apt for a very long ageing. It can last ages.

Brunello does not become Riserva; it is born to be Riserva right from the beginning, right from the moment the grapes are chosen to make it.

It is the Montalcino terroir that is an authentic masterpiece.

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva by Donatella Cinelli Colombini is produced from Sangiovese grapes from Casato Prime Donne, a property of about 40 hectares with 17 of vineyard, situates on the northern slope of Montalcino. This is the cooler area of the Brunello territory where the ripening are slower and more regular thanks also to the soils that are not very fertile and that give wines characterized by high sensorial intensity and floral and fruit notes.

Brunello is produced only in great vintages when the climate creates small and lose clusters with small berries that are perfectly ripe.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini dreams of going back to the original style of Brunello, that that she discovered as a child in the wines made by her Grandfather Giovanni, one of the pioneers in the Montalcino denomination. Elegant wines, that are vertical, fresh and with a strong territorial imprint as well as the ability to be cellared for a long time. The project “original style” began in 2011 through a return to manual labour and old traditions, like the use of concrete tanks for fermentation.

Donatella is very connected to traditions and does not forget that Casato Prime Donne already belonged to her ancestors more than 400 years ago.


Bottles produced: from 5.000 to 10.000 depending on the vintage. Riserva is produced only in the best vintages

Awards: Each year it is produced the Brunello Riserva by Donatella Cinelli Colombini gets high ratings from the most important specialized international press. Among these are: Wine Enthusiast put it in 14th position of their TOP 100 in 2005; TEXSOM 2020 assigned it the golden medal for Brunello Riserva 2013


Grape variety

100% Sangiovese.

In the 17 hectares of vineyard at  Casato Prime Donne, each year ,the wine maker Valérie Lavigne chooses one or two hectares with the best grapes to destine to Brunello Riserva. The selection takes place through tasting the grapes, like a century ago, chemical analysis confirms the decision.

Through the same tasting the date of the harvest sis decided, the grapes are picked by hand choosing cluster by cluster. A slow and careful procedure that allows us to send in only perfect grapes that are at the same level of ripening.

Generally the best grapes come from a vineyard called Ardita planted in 2001 with 5.500 vines and breeded with the spurred cordon system. Since 2015 we have followed the organic regime and since 2018 the wines are certified organic.   It is at 225 m above sea level, south east facing and has sol of plio-quaternary origin with clayey scarcely fertile soils.


Casato Prime Donne, the winery where this wine is made, is the first in Italy with an all female staff. A team of three winemakers and three cellar staff, all women, all competent and impassioned. They are guided by an external consultant Valérie Lavigne, who teaches winemaking in the university in Bordeaux.

The fermentation takes place in unlined concrete tanks, open-on-top and with a punching down system that allows for the skins to me submerged without the use of pumps. After fermentation the wine remains with the skins for a period between 15-30 days depending on the vintage and the characteristics of the grapes.

The ageing in barrel lasts between two and a half and three years. It begins in  5-7 hl tonneau and ends up , generally in large 15-40 hl barrels. Before bottling the Brunello returns to the unlined concrete tanks.

The racking is done twice a year, this makes the Brunello more clear and brilliant, and it gets bottled without mechanical filtering.

The bottle ageing lasts between six month and a year. Its importance is such, for the finesse and complexity of the aromas, that in 2020, a new underground warehouse was built, where the storage in bottle can be prolonged.

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva leaves the after at least six and a half years and is ready to defy time for wine lovers in 31 nations around the world –that is the number of markets where it is present- great emotions.


Home ageing: 30years or more. Lay the bottles down in a dark and cool place.


Ruby red that in tie becomes garnet. Brilliant, sufficiently intense, in the glass the movement is slow thanks to the richness in noble components.


Fine, complex, deep, with hints of ripe red berries and fruits, and of spices


Very elegant, the tannic and acid structure seems perfectly balanced by the fruit and alcohol, it is fresh and vertical and its tannins are silky. There is a long persistence in the mouth.


Matching food:  Important meat dishes and aged cheeses.

Serving temperature

Alcohol content: 14,5-15% depending on the vintage.

Serving temperature: 19-20 °C  66-68°F m in transparent crystal balloon shaped glasses. It is advisable to open a couple of hours before serving or to use a decanter.