In 2013 the ripening of the grapes was slow and the harvest took place at the end of September. A vintage like in the olden days, as described by Attilio Scienza famous and esteemed Viticulture professor at the University in Milan. He was the first to understand the quality potential of the vintage.
To begin with, however, not everybody foresaw the exceptionality of the Brunello 2013, that, subsequently, after the barrel ageing has demonstrated to be of extraordinary complexity, elegance and finesse. A similar situation to the 1999 vintage, that started slowly and then was acclaimed one of the best vintages of the 20th century
Casato Prime Donne, belonging to Donatella Cinelli Colombini, and where this wine is made, is on the Northern side of Montalcino, a hilly area surrounded by woods. This already belonged to Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors at the end of the 16th century and during the centuries was always cultivated with crops and vineyards while the stone building where now the barrel ageing rooms are, was used as a hunting lodge and for honeymoons.
The total surface is of 40 hectares of which 16,5 are vineyard, all Sangiovese variety. The vineyards are cultivated following the organic regime and manually.