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IAN D’AGATA AND DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI’S BRUNELLO 2019

IAN D’AGATA AND DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI’S BRUNELLO 2019

IAN D’AGATA’S TASTINGS OF BRUNELLO 2019 AND RISERVA 2018 AWARDS DONATELLA’S WINES WITH 93, 94 AND 93/100 AND OFFERS AN OVERVIEW OF MONTALCINO

 

Ian D’Agata is Italian by origin but grew up in Canada where his parents made him attend French language schools so Ian has three native languages. Gymnastics that then served him when he became a doctor and chose paediatrics and research, arriving at the most selective university in the world, Harvard Medical School. In short, he was a young genius of scientific research until he fell in love with wine and in this field too, he gave a masterful touch, directing his interest towards terroirs and native vines. His contribution concerns events and tastings but also highly successful books such as “The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy” and the monumental “Native Wine Grapes of Italy”. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the wines of Italy, Alsace, Bordeaux and Canada.

One wonders how he knows so many things and the answer is: he has a great memory and never sleeps. He is always moving from one nation to another and from one topic to another. When I prepared the Vinitaly tastings for the Donne del Vino with him, he responded to me at any time of day or night, always with funny and self-deprecating jokes. Obviously, the experience of medical research has left its mark on him: he doesn’t want generic data <<to say that a soil is made up of sand and clay is not enough without the percentages>> but then he knows how to sum up like few others, he decides and reaches the goal with a smile on his face, as if everything had been easy.

 

IAN D’AGATA AND HIS OVERALL VISION ON THE 2019 BRUNELLO AND THE 2018 RISERVA

Ian D’Agata published his tastings of Brunello 2019 and Brunello 2018 in “Terroir Sense Wine Review” and also in this case his introduction is of a sweet lightness and does not reveal the effort of tasting hundreds of samples in a few days. The Brunello 2019 << might not have the levels of complexity of the best from 2015 and 2016, but they are remarkably delicious, fruit-forward smooth, charming wines that have sneaky concentration and will age especially well, though they’ll be much more approachable earlier in life than the 2016s, for example>>.

 

Here I summarize small fragments but I suggest you read Ian’s article in full because it is a master lesson in wine journalism.

Transgressive and non-conformist in wine as in life, Ian recommends preferring “vintage” Brunellos and not selections because they are almost always not the best. Luckily this isn’t my case.

Ian D’Agata is also very critical about the 2018 Riserva << producing a Riserva in 2018 was just asking for trouble, which is exactly what happened with the vast majority of the 2018 Brunello Riserva wines made>>.

 

Luckily, even in this case my Riserva was saved with a nice 93/100. As you can see, Ian is very direct in his opinions and does not concede anything to anyone, not even the most famous names and this is what always makes reading what he writes very interesting.

 

Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Brunello di Montalcino 2019

CINELLI COLOMBINI 2019 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 93/100

<<Bright red. Straightforward but perfumed aromas of strawberry, camphor and liquorice, lifted by a bright violet top note. Silky and lively in the mouth, with red berry and herb flavours lingering nicely. A note of menthol emerges on the clean, fresh, long finish that also features an earthy nuance. Drinking window: 2029-2036>> . A very detailed and tactile description that almost allows you to perceive aromas and flavour.

 

CINELLI COLOMBINI 2019 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO CASATO PRIME DONNE 94/100

Brunello Prime Donne 2019

Brunello Prime Donne 2019

Bright deep red. Herbs and strawberry on the enticing nose. Then savoury and juicy flavours of herbal red berries, almond paste and tar. Closes bright and juicy, with lingering saline notes. Very clean, energetic and nicely focused Brunello that closes long and full. More complex than some other vintages of this wine that I remember from the past. Drinking window: 2030-2039.

A decidedly positive opinion that appreciates the Prime Donne 2019 selection more than he has done in the past and recognizes its aging potential

 

 

 

Brunello Riserva 2018

Brunello Riserva 2018

CINELLI COLOMBINI 2018 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA 93/100

Good ruby-red. Plum, potpourri, roast coffee, liquorice and an earthy nuance on the nose. Supple and sweet, with good flavour intensity and nicely integrated acidity. A rather suave style of 2018, finishing with fine-grained tannins, clean, long, mineral and floral. Drinking window: 2028-2037

Despite Ian D’Agata’s reservations towards the 2018 Brunello Riserva, he likes this one and above all appreciates its taste.