Stefano’s tasting and technical notes for the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino (presented at Vinitaly)

best brunello 2011

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011

The wine: 100 percent Sangiovese, aged for four years including at least two years in cask. This is the great wine of Tuscany, famous throughout the world. A classic wine, elegant, and rich in structure and complexity. Fattoria dei Barbi has been producing Brunello di Montalcino since 1892.

The 2011 vintage: The winter was marked by alternating periods of intense cold and milder temperatures. The spring was rainy with low temperatures. The summer began with cool, rainy days. But during the second part of the summer, there were very high temperatures and heavy humidity until picking was completed.

Tasting notes: Ruby red color with garnet streaks. Aromas of cherry, citrus, and candied fruit. On the palate, this is a well-structured and balanced wine with a lingering finish.

Suggested pairings: This is a wine for dishes rich in flavor, like braised red meats or grilled or roast game. It can also be paired with aged and richly flavored hard cheeses.

Notes: Serve at 18° C. Alcohol 14.5%, Total Acidity 5 gr/l, Volatile Acidity 0.5 gr/l, Dry Extract 31 gr/l, Residual Sugar (Glucose + Fructose) 1.7 gr/l. Aging potential of 50 years or more.

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