The Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne DOCG 2017 is a small selection of 3.300 bottles, and the grapes for this wine were chosen bunch by bunch, in the Casato Prime Donne vineyards. An accuracy that has given rise to an incredibly elegant and harmonious wine.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini was much undecided whether to use this Brunello to produce a Riserva or for the Prime Donne selection. She submitted the question to the four super tasters who make up the tasting panel of Brunello Prime Donne. Due to Covid they could not meet in the cellar, as usual, and therefore they received the samples at home and gave a written response. They are two Masters of Wine, the English Rosemary George and the Swedish Madeleine Stenwreth, the wine shop owner Astrid Schwarz and the Sommelier Daniela Scrobogna. The 4 experts decided that this Brunello was worthy of becoming “Prime Donne selection” and that it represented the territory and the vintage well.
The Prime Donne Project was born in 1998 when Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s mother gave her the Casato Prime Donne winery to create her own Brunello production. It consists of four parts: the first Italian winery with an entirely female staff, the Brunello selected by a panel of female tasters, the award focused on new models of femininity and the path with quotes by the winners of the award and the works of art by Tuscan artists
The Casato Prime Donne, where this wine is produced, is a property of 40 hectares on the North Slope of the Montalcino hill, 230m above the sea on land of Pliocene origin characterized by sands and sea clays. This is the coolest side of the Brunello area where ripening is slower. The building, which houses the barrel area, was built at the end of the sixteenth century by the current owner’s ancestors and has around 17 hectares of vineyards cultivated with Sangiovese.
2017 vintage, 4 stars, was characterized by two climatic events: a frost at the end of April that affected almost the entire European vineyard that miraculously left Montalcino untouched and a very hot summer with 10 consecutive days, in August, with a temperature of 43 ° C. The organic cultivation of the vineyards, the green manure, the frequent ploughing and the use of the foliage of the vines to shade the bunches have all contributed enormously to limiting the damage of the heat, demonstrating, once again, the great vocation of the territory of Montalcino and the advantage of respecting nature and limiting human intervention by letting the vines react independently, to climatic difficulties