Make it a Double in Montalcino: 2011 Brunello and 2010 Riserva

February 10, 2016

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage that faces the just-released 2011 Brunellos is that they come on the heels of the widely acclaimed 2010s. Awarded four out of five stars by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the 2011s won’t be remembered as a historic vintage.

Overall, the wines have an immediate, juicy appeal that exceeded my expectations from what was a difficult, torrid growing season. The best show some staying power, and more than a few display unexpected complexity.

Erratic weather conditions show the challenges growers faced in 2011. According to the Consorzio’s harvest report, “the vegetative stages of the…