We’re happy to welcome the 2015 vintage of Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Prime Donne to LCBO shelves with this week’s CLASSICS release.

Montalcino’s Casato Prime Donne is a Brunello-exclusive winery. The property is made up of 40 hectares, 16 of which are planted to Sangiovese. There is also a modern, artistic, fresco-filled winery and ageing facility for the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino wines. Donatella didn’t just hire a woman cellar master for the project. The entire staff are women, including the head winemaker, and Donatella has become a beacon for women in the wine industry, not only in Italy, but globally.

The project grows more meaningful with her Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne. Donatella noticed that wine critics for the Italian wine guides were all men. She decided then to unite a small group of talented women wine professionals, asking them to blind taste future Brunello from different barrels, and to select the best lots. Donatella considers the Brunello Prime Donne the flagship for her wineries.

You can purchase this wine on the LCBO website as of 8:30am, Thursday, April 7.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2015

For the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne, Sangiovese from the clay-limestone Ardita Vineyard surrounding the winery at 250m, was handpicked and fermented on skins for 15 days in stainless and unlined concrete. It was then moved to 5-7hl French tonneaux, before finishing in traditional 15- 40hl oak barrels from Slavonia for 2.5 years. Prior to being bottled, unfiltered, the wine rested in unlined concrete vats. Prime Donne is a powerful Brunello destined for a long ageing.
Only 6,000 bottles produced.


“This is a special selezione expression. The Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne starts off a bit closed and shy, however it soon gains speed thanks to the intensity of its berry fruit, spice and camphor ash aromas. This wine is built to withstand longer cellar aging. It is firmly compact and tight at its core, recalling a Brunello from a cooler vintage. However, much of that 2015 sunshine and dark fruit exuberance comes through nonetheless. Fruit comes from a 10-hectare site with a large component of clay in the soils. Only 6,600 bottles were made, and the wine was released in January 2020. Drink 2021 – 2038.” – 95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Jan 31, 2020.

Read more about Donatella Cinelli Colombini here.

Appellation : DOCG Brunello di Montalcino
Region: Toscana, Italy
Grape(s) : Sangiovese
Price : $105.00 for 750mL
LCBO : 550152





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