IOsonoDONATELLA is a masterpiece, something rare and exclusive, where the Tuscan wine producer has included her dreams and her history.
At the beginning, when Donatella Cinelli Colombini left the comfort of a family of established Brunello producers to create an estate of her own, she had many doubts because she remembered her grandfather Giovanni Colombini’s advice <<never give your name to a company because when it is sold it is like giving your identity away>>.
But Donatella wanted to make it and doubts turned into opportunities because already in 2010 she was able to harvest a great Brunello and she realized her dream of creating a winery and a wine established in the wine world, that had to be celebrated by transforming the recommendation of her grandfather into a proud statement “IOsonoDonatella” the “pasionaria”, the visionary one who focuses on women, the revolutionary one who opens the Italian cellars to tourists the Grand Dame of Brunello as Vinum has recently called her <<so this is the wine that talks about me>>.
So far 4 vintages of Brunello IOsonoDonatella have been produced: 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 because only the best harvests are used for these small selections of 600 or 1.300 bottles intended for an audience of enthusiasts looking for rare, high quality wines of great elegance and harmony. An exclusive “fine wine” apt to be gifted and for special occasions.
It is made on the northern slope of Montalcino, from the grapes of a small vineyard called Ardita, in a splendid sunny area. Here in the Casato Prime Donne winery it has aged for nearly three years in 5-7 hl oak casks, these are handmade by 4 French artisan workshops. The barrels containing this Brunello have red ceramic hearts on them so that everybody, especially the cellar staff, cosset them and so that there is no mixing with wine from the other barrels. Before going into bottle the wine stayed six months in a bare concrete egg shaped vat to oxygenate and get even more velvety. A small touch of elegance but also a return to the past and to old Tuscan traditions going back at least 500 years.
The packaging of IOsonoDONATELLA tells the personal story of Donatella Cinelli Colombini. The glass bottle is covered with stars, and in the centre, they become a ring with inside a gold coat of arms. Donatella as a young woman studied medieval jewels and also stamps inserted in rings. In the splendid box the contains the bottle and opens like a flower, there are many references to local history, the pattern on the outside represents in fact Pienza cloth, that is well visible in the Maestà (1311) by Duccio di Buoninsegna.
There are no ratings. The bottles produced are too few to send them to wine critics. It is something rare and precious that Donatella has decided to dedicate only to friends and clients with whom she wishes to continue her path in quality production.
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