Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • “Set apart by its extreme elegance, this bottling gives off a beautiful impression of fruit. The very dry climate has given Brunello Riserva 2011 a rare readiness and drinkability without altering its intensity and longevity potential.” —Jacopo Biondi Santi

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards
    • Vine Age: 25 years or older
  • Vintage Report

    • An average spring led to rain in June and July. An extremely dry August and September ushered in a healthy harvest starting on September 8.

  • Vinification

    • The grapes were healthy, ripe and rich in color with thick skins. The must was rich in sugar, extracts and acidity.

    • Fermentation: Slavonian oak barrels using indigenous yeast
    • Aging: 36 months in Slavonian oak, followed by 2 years in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso (BBS11 Clone)
  • Tasting Notes

    • Brilliant ruby red in color with a signature citrus bark notes on the nose. Generous fruit, black pepper and hints of spice are interwoven, seamlessly integrated with the wine’s tannic frame. A wine with incredible balance and structure. Firm tannins will slowly open leading to a wine of depth, complexity and harmony. Very long, lingering finish.



  • Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011 – Decanter – 94 Points

    Made under the traditional Biondi Santi dispensation: from a fine vintage only and from vines of more than 25 years old, with an emphasis on the celebrated BS11 clone, with three years’ ageing in large wooden vessels and a further four in bottle before release. Many of Biondi Santi’s vineyards are high-sited, and harvesting is on the early side, giving wines which are emphatically more acidic than they are tannic. This Riserva is pale and translucent (though a little deeper in hue than the 2012 Annata wine), with finely composed aromas of vellum and sued...

  • Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 2011 – Robb Report – The 14 Best Wines of the Year

    This rich, balanced wine has the signature brown-tinged, ruby-red color of a great Brunello (one of the few made with 100 percent Sangiovese) and is rife with both dark red fruit and earthy, herbal notes. Held back until it was perfectly ready, the 2011 vintage ($566) from this historic Tuscan estate is at its peak of drinkability. But wines of its provenance have proven to improve across decades in the cellar, too, even to the century mark...

  • Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points

    A supple, harmonious red, showing some softening, with cherry, leather and wild herb flavors well-integrated into the lacy structure. Reveals a lingering essence of sweet fruit, black tea and graphite on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011 – 94 points – Wine & Spirits

    " ... notes of black cherry and umeboshi plum layered with iodine, basil and smoke. The tightly packed flavors need time to unfold, so it’s best to decant this several hours before serving."