Vinous – 93+
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is rich, sensual and inviting. Wonderfully open-knit and polished, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most intriguing wines of the year. High-toned aromatics, with a touch of volatile acidity, give the wine much of its unique personality. Macerated cherries, licorice, hard candy new leather and mint are all pushed forward. Readers should expect a somewhat eccentric Brunello. I have seen Brunellos with elevated volatile acidity develop into spectacular wines with years in bottle, but readers should know what they are getting into.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2031
JancisRobinson.com – 18/20
Beautifully open-knit nose with coffee, cigar smoke, blackberry and milk chocolate ” this is as grand and stately as a palazzo with the structure to match. Manages to be accessible while still foursquare in structure. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2036
Robert Parker – 93
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers an immediate sense of generosity and openness that makes it attractive on first impact. In this regard, 2011 is very different from the slow-to-reveal-itself 2010 vintage that proceeds it. Bold tones of dark cherry, plum, spice and resin rise to the top with enthusiasm and intensity. The wine holds back nothing. It shows a velvety texture that is rich and enduring. All the while, this Brunello remains faithful to its time honored traditions and its territorial roots.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2028