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Brunello di Montalcino 2011 surprisingly great

General stupefaction over the  Brunello di Montalcino 2011 that is liked just as good, if not more, than the legendary 2010 vintage

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 and 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 and 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

It all began on January 22° when Luciano Pignataro, genial and transgressive as ever, publishes an article “Brunello di Montalcino: la 2011 è meglio della 2010. (Brunello 2011 is better than 2010- Blind tasting of 44 samples”.

The group of tasters is of very high level: Fabio Casamassima, Luciano Di Lello, Antonio Di Spirito, Daniele Moroni, Gianmarco Nulli Gennari, Andrea Petrini, Giuseppe Picconi, Luciano Pignataro, Stefano Ronconi, Fabrizio Russo, Maurizio Valeriani.

Informal location, chequered tablecloth and what seems to be quite a joke is instead a real touch of genius. Because among the general bewilderment these Brunello, from a 4 star vintage,2011,  with no expectations from the market, result on average better than the 2010 vintage, that so celebrated by critics and buyers all over the world.  All the better known Brunello included, even Biondi Santi . Only in 8 cases, including mine and that of the best known winery in Montalcino, did the 2010 beat the most recent, but however the differences were really minimal and the level in general very high.

Brunello 2011 and Brunello 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

Brunello 2011 and Brunello 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

To confirm this opinion come, on January 29th, the ratings by Walter Speller super – tater from the very well known blog by the Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. In this case we can compare the Brunello “selection” 2011 and the riserva 2010 or rather those wines for which every winery strives to do their best. Here too the opinions are very close, and considering that Speller liked the Riserva 2010 very much, he said to MontalcinoNews <<it is rally a quality Riserva it was years since there had been such quality >>

Regarding Brunello 2011 he commented <<it will be a vintage favourable for restaurants>>meaning ready to drink, the same was said by many critics during “Benvenuto Brunello” in New York and Chicago a few days ago and talked about by Wine Searcher in an article that begins << The 2011 vintage of Brunello may not be quite as serious as the 2010, but it’s no bridesmaid vintage either>>.

Walter Speller

Walter Speller

So, these are results that no one was expecting and they have greatly pleased wine lovers and most of all the producers. And, it must be said that 2011 was not an easy year considering the climate, July was very hot and the harvest was much sooner than usual. But this Brunello has a freshness, an extraordinary pleasantness, these Brunello <<have structure, drinkability and balance>> said Jeff Porter to the Consorzio del Brunello, because those who buy Brunello are <<many and different, but unites them is that with wine and food they are looking for an experience that for them, at the table, is the Italian dolce vita >> and, evidently the 2011 vintages does just this.

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