2011 LA FIORITA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
Not all wines are meant for aging, but Brunello di Montalcino certainly is. It’s required to be aged for a minimum of 5 years after harvest, with at least 2 years in oak, and there’s good reason behind this… One of the biggest is that Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) is a thicker-skinned grape and is known for producing bold flavors, high acids and big tannins. When you age Brunello, those same traits that can be astringent when they’re young, transform into a soft, complex wine with an irresistible presence on the palate over time. When you taste a Brunello that’s been perfectly aged, you’ll know right away… The 2011 La Fiorita Brunello is velvety soft, perfectly balanced, delightfully long and complex and absolutely stunning right now . If I paid $150/btl for this in a restaurant I would be thrilled. At fifty bucks, I want that experience every time I can get it…
It’s not easy to make a wine that’s going to be singing this beautifully nearly a decade after the fruit was harvested. It takes a great winemaker to accomplish this and La Fiorita is made by one of the best… Roberto Cipresso made a name for himself while consulting with icons Poggio Antico, Archival Ferrer and Case Basse… If you’re searching for a perfectly ready to drink Italian wine, this one should absolutely not be missed.
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From Wine Spectator: “Sweet cherry flavors are framed by licorice, tobacco and spice notes in this smooth red. Firms up enough on the finish to warrant a year or two of aging, but this should find equilibrium soon. Best from 2017 through 2026...” 91 Points
From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “… opens to delicate tones of wild berry, wet earth and dried rose petal. It delivers these aromas with a soft touch and lasting intensity. These ethereal aromas glide by the senses with smooth transitions. The wine leaves an equally graceful impression in the mouth…” 91 Points
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