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Wine Enthusiast Review Rated 93 Fragrant and sleek, this opens with scents of blue flower, pressed powder, perfumed berry and chopped herb. The balanced, full-bodied palate delivers licorice, ripe black cherry, clove and tobacco while firm, velvety tannins lend structure and finesse.
VinoUS Media Review Rated 92 Altesino's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino opens with beguiling aromatics. Sage, licorice, menthol and sweet tobacco flesh out nicely as the wine shows off its ample, broad personality. The tannins could use another year or two to soften, but all the elements are very nicely balanced throughout. This gracious, silky Brunello will drink well for the next decade-plus. (Antonio Galloni)
Wine Spectator Review Rated 92 The sweet cherry core is framed by dense, ripe tannins in this red. Leather, tobacco and iron notes add depth. The finish is fresh and long. Best from 2018 through 2030.
James Suckling Review Rated 92 This is long and delicious with lovely cherry, chocolate and fresh walnut flavors. Linear yet open with persistence and joy. Drink now.
Wine Advocate Review Rated 91 The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows a very distinct personality that separates it from its peers. There's a dark, mysterious and masculine side to this wine that is evident from first impact. The bouquet offers infinite layers of black fruit, plum, spice, cumin seed and crushed clove. You get a great sense of moist earth, tobacco and forest floor. Nothing is obvious. The wine keeps you guessing sip after sip. It would benefit from more years of cellar aging, but it's really not that far off from optimal drinking. Drink: 2017-2028.
Wine Tasting Notes This wine is a brilliant ruby red tending to browny red when aged. The perfume is intensely pure and refined and reminds one of sweet violet, tobacco, chocolate with the taste of forest fruits and vanilla. The taste in the mouth corresponds with the nose. The alcohol is well-balanced and the wine is full-bodied with good tannins important structure.