Brunello is the Italian wine that stays the longest in the winery: it goes on the shelf four and a half years after the harvest and at least two of these must have been in oak casks.
Casato Prime Donne, where this Brunello di Montalcino comes from, is the first winery in Italy with an all female team. This project brought Donatella Cinelli Colombini to become President of the Associazione Donne del Vino. Casato Prime Donne is a 40-hectare property that the present owner’s ancestors used as a hunting lodge and for their honeymoons. It was part of a large estate belonging to one of the most important families in Montalcino, one that for more than 4 centuries has cultivated this land and passed it from father to son, and more recently, from mother to daughter, because it belonged to Donatella’s grandmother, then it went to her mother and in the future it will belong to Violante her daughter.
Few territories around the world are able to produce a great wine with just one grape variety, just as in Burgundy with the Pinot Noir. Montalcino is one of these. Sangiovese finds here the soil and the climate perfect for ripening slowly and completely.