94 points Wine Enthusiast
"Baked plum, fragrant blue flower, dried herb, eucalyptus and cake spice aromas unfold on this full-bodied red. The elegant, structured palate offers mature black cherry, licorice, mocha and grilled herb while firm, fine-grained tannins provide the framework. This shows more aging potential than many of the 2011s. Drink 2019–2031." *Cellar Selection*
"Tasted blind. Impenetrable deep ruby. Minty, succulent cherry fruit and firm but fine, mouth-filling tannins. Very long and a little opulent with real complexity. Has plenty of potential. 17/20 points. (WS)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Casato Prime Donne is the only winery in Italy with an all-female staff. The Prime Donne Brunello is the top red wine. Four highly qualified women, including English Master of Wine, Maureen Ashley, meet twice a year to decide the future Brunello Prime Donne. The wine undergoes regular vinification for 15 days with both pumping over and delestages. The wine is aged in small 5-7 hl barrels for the first year, later in 15 hl barrels, and finally in 30-40 hl barrels. The oak stems from forests in the Massif Central. Tasting 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.