Date: Mar 09/14, Sun Time: 02:00:00-06:00:00 Style: Drop-In
Donatella Cinelli Colombini Wine Tasting A Sunday afternoon with Violante Gardini, daughter of the "Lady of Brunello",
Donatella Cinelli Colombini.
The wines at this estate are produced by an all female team, and with a recent addition of world famous oenologist Valerie Lavigne. Valerie hails from Bordeaux and also consults for Château Margaux, Château d'Yquem and Cheval Blanc. Donatella Cinelli Colombini is the only Italian winery for which she consults.
The roots of the Colombini family in Tuscany go back to 1592, and their tradition of excellence in winemaking began in 1790 with the founding of the Fattoria dei Barbi. It was in the 1960's that Francesca Cinelli Colombini, also known as the "Lady of Brunello" made a name for herself as the stalwart leader of Barbi's top wines. When the next generation came into the spotlight, her son Stefano took over the family estate, while Francesca placed her daughter Donatella in charge of farming the neighbouring Azienda del Casato. Her father Fausto later appointed Donatella to manage the Fattoria del Colle.
Violante was present to talk about her wines, and her historical family roots.
Our guest were treated to some delightful surprises, including the following wines (partial list):
2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Leone Rosso DOC Orcia, $20.95
2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana, $28.95
2007 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino, $57.95 (94 WE)
2007 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne $66.95(92WS)
2008 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne $66.95(91WS)
2004 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, $89.95 (91 WS)
2006 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, $85.00 (95 WS)
A really great tasting, as per the Agent's comment: "Wow, Sunday's tasting was insane! what an incredible turn-out!! "