Donatella Cinelli Colombini

This Saturday’s LCBO VINTAGES release features one of Italy’s prized wines, a Brunello di Montalcino from 2007, one of Tuscany’s most highly acclaimed vintages in recent history. Donatella Cinelli Colombini, the owner of Casato Prime Donne who is also known as “The First Lady” of Brunello, has brought this prestigious estate to the heights it has reached today.

The reviews for the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino wine have been exceptional and consistent, ranging from 91-94 points, by esteemed wine writers from all over the world, some of whom have been quoted below.

Don’t miss this opportunity to taste a world class wine at an incredible value for this level of quality. It may seem strange to talk about value for a $50 wine, but this wine normally retails for more than $65 per bottle!

I hope you will treat yourself (or a friend as a gift!) and enjoy a bottle of this delicious wine. As Zoltan Szabo wrote at Wine Align, “a classic with finesse and Tuscan poise.” Buy it while you can and stock up the cellar!


Bernard Stramwasser
Le Sommelier


colobini bottle shot

“This Brunello opens with an intense, dark garnet color and shows lush softness and ripe blackberry fruit with perfumed notes of blue flower, plum cake and sweet spice. The mouthfeel is characterized by firm structure and yielding tannins.”Score: 94
(Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast, May 2012)

“The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful, fleshy wine. Layers of dark red fruit, licorice, spices and tobacco emerge from the glass in this sumptuous, extroverted Brunello. All of the elements are very nicely balanced through to the long, deeply resonant finish. The 2007 Brunello spent a year in small and medium-sized barrels and completed its aging in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”

Score: 92
(Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, Apr 2012)

“Dried cherries, rose petals, leather and nutmeg notes; full bodied and spicy with a silky mid – palate and long – lasting finish; a classic with finesse and Tuscan poise. Tasted October 2013.”

Score: 92
(Zoltan Szabo,, Oct 2013)

“Possessing remarkable density and charm, the 2007 Donatella Cinelli Colombini is not your average Brunello di Montalcino. Dark red-garnet in colour, this excellent offering presents resoundingly personable, elegant aromas of dark cedary cherries, plums, leather, forest floor, smoke, and just a wisp of vanilla and spice. Complex, featuring deliciously structured fruit, very firm tannins, balanced acidity, and a wonderfully polished hint of cedary cherries and plums on the finish. Exquisite harmony and character, keep for a dozen years or more. Now-2025++. (Tasted October 2013)”

Score: 92
(Julian Hintner,, Oct 2013)

“Very forward and flirtatious Brunello, as befitting the vintage. Montalcino dried flowers carried by Mediterranean winds meets cherry cola. Very apparent underlying whiff of the farm is brought out after the first taste and lingers along with the Grosso’s charm. Tasted November 5, 2013.”

Score: 91
(Michael Godel,, Nov 2013)

Varietal: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Price: $48.95 (per bottle)
LCBO #113357

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