Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • “Set apart by its extreme elegance, this bottling gives off a beautiful impression of fruit. The very dry climate has given Brunello Riserva 2011 a rare readiness and drinkability without altering its intensity and longevity potential.” —Jacopo Biondi Santi

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards
    • Vine Age: 25 years or older
  • Vintage Report

    • An average spring led to rain in June and July. An extremely dry August and September ushered in a healthy harvest starting on September 8.

  • Vinification

    • The grapes were healthy, ripe and rich in color with thick skins. The must was rich in sugar, extracts and acidity.

    • Fermentation: Slavonian oak barrels using indigenous yeast
    • Aging: 36 months in Slavonian oak, followed by 2 years in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso (BBS11 Clone)
  • Tasting Notes

    • Brilliant ruby red in color with a signature citrus bark notes on the nose. Generous fruit, black pepper and hints of spice are interwoven, seamlessly integrated with the wine’s tannic frame. A wine with incredible balance and structure. Firm tannins will slowly open leading to a wine of depth, complexity and harmony. Very long, lingering finish.



  • Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 2011 – Robb Report – The 14 Best Wines of the Year

    This rich, balanced wine has the signature brown-tinged, ruby-red color of a great Brunello (one of the few made with 100 percent Sangiovese) and is rife with both dark red fruit and earthy, herbal notes. Held back until it was perfectly ready, the 2011 vintage ($566) from this historic Tuscan estate is at its peak of drinkability. But wines of its provenance have proven to improve across decades in the cellar, too, even to the century mark...

  • Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points

    A supple, harmonious red, showing some softening, with cherry, leather and wild herb flavors well-integrated into the lacy structure. Reveals a lingering essence of sweet fruit, black tea and graphite on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011 – 94 points – Wine & Spirits

    " ... notes of black cherry and umeboshi plum layered with iodine, basil and smoke. The tightly packed flavors need time to unfold, so it’s best to decant this several hours before serving."

  • Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG – 2011 – 96 points – Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    “Beautifully balanced, this opens with alluring scents of wild berry, rose, baking spice and whiffs of chopped herb. Seamlessly combining ripe fruit and the firm's trademark finesse, the bright elegantly structured palate delivers juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and a hint of black tea framed in polished tannins and fresh acidity. It's already tempting but the best is yet to come.”