The day after the sizable Brunello di Montalcino in Toronto we caught up with Violante Gardini from Donatella Cinelli Colombini and Luca Vitiello from Tenuta Fanti, old friends of Good Food Revolution, at their agent’s office.
Having been rather fascinated with the differences between the 2012 and 2013 Brunello vintages, I questioned both Violante and Luca about how the vintages impacted their wines. What with 2012 being considered a “five star” vintage (read: warmer and hence riper fruit across the board) and 2013 described as a “classic” vintage (read: cooler and therefore leading to substantially different wines according to geographical location/altitude within the region), how were Cinelli Colombini and Fanti’s wines across these years?
Personally, my palate usually leans towards the more “classic”, cooler vintages, no matter the region, but I certainly understand the more general appeal of the “five star” vintages.
If you are a Brunello fan I will suggest that you pick up some of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, from a veritable “five star” vintage, currently available through LCBO Vintages for $64.95
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, and writer Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And I’m still a sucker for those colder vintages.