According to a report published Wednesday in the Italian daily La Nazione, Biondi Santi and Col d’Orcia have been cleared of any wrong doing in the Siena prosecutor’s Brunello investigation, while other wineries implicated have declassified their wines and reached agreements with the prosecutor, and the inquiry moves forward for Argiano, Frescobaldi, and Valdicava:
- Preservation of evidence hearings will be held on April 10 for three wineries implicated in the Brunello investigation. The preliminary investigation magistrate will nominate confidential counselors [independent investigators] for the wines released from the 2003 vintage by Argiano, Frescobaldi, and Valdicava.
All of the other producers who have “declassified” their wines (from Brunello di IGT) requested and entered into negotiations. Their lawyers have already reached an agreement with the prosecutor. Now, their “agreement” must be formalized before a judge.
Investigators will take no action against Biondi Santi and Col d’Orcia, whose owner, Francesco Marone Cinzano, was the president of the Consortium [of Brunello producers] when the Siena prosecutor for the Italian Republic began the investigation.
[Translation by VinoWire]