2011 Brunello di Montalcino Cerbaiona

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Average critic rating : 93.5 points



The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a surprisingly delicate wine by Cerbaiona standards. Lifted and aromatically expressive, the 2011 will drink well early. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, cherry and mint are some of the signatures. The 2011 offers lovely freshness for the year, but less depth and quite a bit less of the visceral thrill of the best years. Feb 2016, www.vinous.com, Drink 2016-2026



Cerbaiona's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the protagonists of the vintage. There is no denying the sheer beauty and focus of this wine. It makes a fabulous first impact with super sharp tones of wild berry, cola, balsam herb, flint and crushed oyster shell. Those drying mineral notes leave a lasting impression. In the mouth, this wine is super elegant, tight and delicately nuanced. Unfortunately, I have not had the best track record with aged Brunello from Cerbaiona (ten years or more) personally, but I am hopeful that a wine of this caliber and depth will restore my faith. No matter what the aging trajectory ultimately demonstrates, this wine certainly does taste fantastic at this young stage. (Mar 2016) www.erobertparker.com Drink 2017-2028

Cerbaiona is one of the leading wine estates of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany with a quality of output that is truly monumental. Antonio Galloni puts it simply and effectively, “Diego Molinari’s Brunellos are among the finest wines of Montalcino, and Italy, for that matter.”, Like the great wines of Burgundy, the greatness comes from the perfect location of Cerbaiona’s vines. Galloni makes a direct comparison with one of the best, stating it “is one of the most blessed terroirs in the entire appellation… Think of Cerbaiona as the Richebourg of Montalcino.” Huge praise that means the tiny production of Cerbaiona, only around 600 cases of 12 bottles per year (similar to Le Pin in Pomerol for example) is inevitably scarce on the market and the wine highly fought over.

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