2012 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"Fruity, sporting cherry, strawberry and floral notes alongside soy and leather accents, this is firmly structured, ending with iron and tobacco elements. Very long and beautifully balanced. Best from 2020 through 2033. -B.S." (WS)

"The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne shows floral notes of pressed violet or red rose petal that distinguish it from its peers. Those delicate tones are very much in line with Sangiovese and it's nice to think that they have remained intact despite the hot growing season. Background notes of cassis, dried plum and spice fill in the rear. A dry mineral note that recalls polished river stone or crushed granite also appears. This wine boasts a terrific bouquet that is infused with elegance and grace. The mouthfeel is polished and streamlined. Perhaps the persistence is slightly shorter compared to the 2010 vintage, but this wine more than makes up for this thanks to the high quality of its aromas." (WA)

"Good full red with an amber rim. Balsamic nuances complicate tar and dark red cherry aromas and flavors. Enters sweet and round, then more austere and woodsy, with zingy acidity and youthfully chewy tannins providing support on the long finish. A bigger wine than the classic Brunello, but I’m not sure it’s a better wine." (VM)

"Very ripe fruit aromas and stones follow through to a full body with lots of fruit, ripe tannins and a spicy undertone. Delicious and flamboyant. Better in 2020." (JS)

"Dark-skinned berry, culinary spice and a balsamic aroma come together on this polished red. The juicy palate gives ripe black cherry, star anise, clove and a hint of espresso alongside firm but refined tannins that lend structure and a smooth texture." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Intense and deep ruby-red color. A red berry bouquet with hints of vanilla and earth. A richness of fruit and herbs on the palate with complex tannins that leave your mouth clean and ready for more. Powerful yet elegant and complex, with a long wonderful finish...like a true lady.