The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows an impressive level of richness and density that starts with a long succession of black fruit aromas, dried cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. There are evident hints of the warm vintage that become apparent thanks to the blackness of the fruit and the general softness of the aromas. The wine's texture is yielding and dense with extra layers of plump fruit and chewy richness. This the proverbial "restaurant Brunello" that will drink beautifully in the near and medium-term. It already tastes spectacular and is beautifully fleshed out at this young age. (ML)
Loads of fruit, with dried berry, tar, and meat. Full body with firm, silky tannins. Very flavorful. Decadent and rich. Powerful for the vintage. I like this as much as the 2010.
Menthol, cherry, strawberry and licorice flavors highlight this juicy red. Nicely framed by dusty tannins that emerge on the finish, this is balanced and long overall. (BS)
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