Here is a wine that flaunts its warm vintage characteristics with confidence. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is soft, richly layered and enormously plump from the start. It literally bursts out of the glass. The bouquet is redolent of cherry, pressed rose petal, spice and chocolate dustings. The complexity does not reach the high levels of previous vintages, but what the wine does offer is a fundamentally direct and opulent style that can be enjoyed in the near term.
Score: 91 points -- RobertParker.com