Six wines over 90/100 points on Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Donatella Cinelli Colombini celebrates the ratings obtained by Brunello, Doc Orcia, Igt Toscana, Passito and Vin Santo from Robert Parker – Wine Advocate
Positive reviews are always welcome but when they come from Robert Parker they are even more pleasing because the assessments in cents of the magazine created in 1978 by the lawyer of Baltimore, are accepted as authoritative worldwide and influence Canadian monopolies as well as major buyers. For this reason having a rating above 90/100 from Wine Advcate Robert Parker for six wines in a single vintage is an exciting and very important thing. Donatella Cinelli Colombini jumps with joy!
Among the wines with stellar scores are the two Brunello di Montalcino issued this year (vintage 2014 and reserve 2013), the Vin Santo and the Passito that score the highest marks with great joy of Donatella’s husband, Carlo Gardini, true maker of these wines together with the cellar master Barbara Magnani. But there are also the two main labels of Fattoria del Colle: Doc Orcia Cenerentola and l’IGT Toscana Il Drago and the 8 doves.
A result that rewards the great work done in the vineyards, grown in an organic and very manual way, but also the choice to aim at medium and large oak barrels made in small workshops. They are chosen each year in 5 tonnelleries according to the characteristics of the harvest with a tailor made criterion–almost nineteenth century style.
MONICA LARNER WRITES AN ARTICLE ABOUT DOC ORCIA FOR WINE ADVOCATE ROBERT PARKER
.The occasion to review Fattoria del Colle wines came when Monica Larner, the great Italian wine reviewer for Wine Advocate/Robert Parker, gave in to Donatella’s insistence and she dedicated an article to DOC Orcia. An article that starts with this sentence<<It may be Italy’s most beautiful wine territory>>
When Monica Larner for documentation for the article Donatella’s daughter, Violante said “ mum why don’t we send also the wines from Fattoria del Colle, whe can ask Monica to taste and review them” and, even though she is incredibly busy, she did taste and review them all.
Obviously not all of them exited her, here are the ones that which got better appreciation:
Passito 2017 94/100
Made from traminer grapes, it has a bright amber color and copper nuances. On the nose, this fragrant dessert wine recalls apple and apricot, honey and crème brulée.
Vin santo del Chianti 2007 93/100
The appearance in the glass is of dark amber or copper with almost reddish glow . The aroma is characteristic and recalls cane sugar, caramel and almond paste. It shows energy and vitality.
Il Drago e le 8 colombe 2015 IGT Toscana 92/100
Blend of Sangiovese 60% Merlot 20% Sagrantino 20% Each grape adds something: the Merlot softness, the Sagrantino tannic structure and the Sangiovese freshness and characteristic aroma.
Cenerentola Doc Orcia 2016 91/100
In this case it is a blend of Sangiovese and Foglia tonda. The latter is an autochthonous grape variety abandoned for more than a century, today there are still only 20 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany. It is this gra
pe that gives firmness and body to the wine with nuances of wild strawberries and cherries.