To be released in early 2018, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a gorgeous expression with a slightly warm vein of plump cherry fruit that gives weight and volume to the overall effect. The bouquet offers dark fruit aromas with tones of blue flower, spice and balsam herb that are characteristic of Sangiovese, especially in a warm vintage like this. This is a mid-weight effort with balanced fruitiness and freshness on the close. The wine finishes with Stella's trademark elegance and silkiness.
Score: 94 points -- Monica Larner, RobertParker.com, May 2017