A huge five-star vintage of Brunello that began to be celebrated even before entering the market and combines power, elegance and longevity
The climatic trend shows the typical characteristics of the best Brunello with rainy winter and spring that have hydrated the soil, very hot July that has blocked a vegetative development determining a reduced size of the grapes, August with thunderstorms alternating with hot days, September with very strong thermal variation between night and day that have favoured the synthesis of perfumes.
A script that repeats itself for all the great vintages of Brunello and seems to show that global warming is an authentic luck for the Montalcino vineyard because it multiplies the five-star vintages and raises the quality level to highs never reached in the past.
CLIMATE OF THE YEAR 2015
2015 will be remembered for its capricious climate that in the south of Tuscany, spared Montalcino, but did huge damage all around: in Torrita on July 5, hailstones as big as oranges, destroyed roofs and cars, on August 24, the flood of the river Arbia brought water to museums, houses, shops and even the theatre, a real disaster.
MONTALCINO AND ITS EXCELLENT HARVEST 2015
Montalcino seemed to have divine protection and the grapes arrived at the harvest in perfect conditions.
In fact on September 14th when our wine consultant Valerie Lavigne arrived, the grapes were almost ready for harvesting and presented in the best way. Valerie had with her an exceptional guest, the headmaster of the Bordeaux oenology faculty Denis Dubourdieu one of the most powerful and feared men in the wine world. Professor Debourdieu had only one word to describe the vineyards of Casato Prime Donne after having inspected them on foot “impeccable”.
BRUNELLO 2015 CARATTERISTICS
TYPE: Dry red
AREA OF PRODUCTION: Tuscany, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne
CLIMATE : Winter and spring very rainy. The bad weather interfered with the flowering reducing the number and size of the bunches. July was very hot. August with rain alternating with hot peaks and September with sunny days and almost cold nights.
Casato Prime Donne Montalcino Vendemmia 2015 Donatella Cinelli Colombini
GRAPE: 100% Sangiovese
HARVEST: From September 21st to 30th, manual collection. The grapes were hand-selected by the pickers, while the grapes were cleaned of impurities on the sorting table. Well lignified seeds and very soft and soluble skins.
VINIFICATION: 15 days in small thermo-regulated conical truncated steel vats equipped with a mechanical filling system. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine remained in contact with grape skins for 15 days.
WOOD MATURATION: inside the old stone building of Casato Prime Donne, in large barrels and French oak tonneau of 5-7 hl. Containers handcrafted following the direction of the ribs in different tonnellerie and different systems: steam, fire and embers (Meyrieux, chassin, Adour, Cadus, Atelier Centre France ). In the last period before bottling the wine stood in bare concrete containers.
BRUNELLO 2015 ORGANOLEPTIC ANALYSIS
COLOUR: ruby red of great brilliance, the slow movements in the glass highlight the richness of the wine.
NOSE: Complex, deep, dark, clean and fine. It recalls small ripe red fruit jam and spices.
TASTE: intense, harmonious, elegant, silky tannins and excellent structure well balanced by the fruit with a satisfying fullness effect. The finish is long and pleasant
BRUNELLO 2015 ON THE TABLE
FOOD PAIRING: a wine that can be enjoyed in special occasions with noble meats, game and mature cheeses.
SERVICE: room temperature (18°C). white crystal goblets with wide cup. It is better to uncork an hour before the service and decant.
AGEING POTENTIAL: 20-30 years and more, great vintage to be aged. Replace the cork at our wineries when the wine level drops on the shoulder of the bottle. Keep the bottles flat, in the dark and cold temperature.