Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Dark ruby red that becomes garnet with ageing. Full, rich, fine, recalling spices and small red fruits. Full, intense, harmonious and warm
The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino comes off as compact but ephemeral with lasting tones of wild berry, spice, licorice and smoke. There is a fragile or delicately nuanced side of the wine that suits it very nicely. The effect is soft, silky and graceful. Some Brunellos from this vintage come off tasting too thin and short, whereas others appear as easy, accessible and elegant. Donatella Cinelli Colombini's latest release falls into the second category.
Aromas of forest floor, menthol, new leather and exotic spice take center stage on this fragrant red. Racy and linear, the lithe elegant palate delivers juicy Morello cherry, orange slice, licorice and crushed herb alongside polished tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink 2021–2026.
This already tastes mature, with mellowing cherry, leather, tobacco, earth and underbrush flavors. Shows initial ripeness, giving way to firm tannins as this winds down on the finish. Drink now through 2029.
Curious aromas of cherries and hints of raisin with leather undertones. Full-bodied, very chewy and fresh. Big wine for the vintage. Turns a little extracted at the end. Needs two years to soften. Drink in 2021.