Sporting a new label design, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino represents a philosophical divide from previous vintages. In the past, Castiglion del Bosco was focused on soft and immediate Brunellos for near-term consumption. Despite the warm conditions of the 2011 growing season, this wine shows far more elegance, nuance and grace than I expected. This massive property is comprised of various vineyard sites for more blending possibilities. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, cola and grilled herb. The tannins are silky but long in terms of persistence. (ML)
Plenty of dried-fruit and strawberry-jam aromas. Full body with round, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Sultanas. A flamboyant crowd-pleaser. Drink now.
Rich, plummy and laced with earth, woodsy and tobacco notes, this red is balanced and structured. Long and fresh on the finish, presenting an aftertaste of fruit and leather. Best from 2017 through 2028. (BS)
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