Following the 100 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous) point and 98 point (Monica Lerner, Wine Advocate) scoring 2010 vintage, the 2011 shows great promise. Under new management and ownership, Cerbaiona has initiated a progressive program with an additional hectare of Sangiovese planted in 2016 and selective vine replacement, increasing the vine density from 3,600 vines per hectare over time. Clone selection will also take advantage of tailoring clone-specific traits to the microclimates of the parcel and increasing disease resistance overall. 6,000 to 7,500 bottles per year.
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|Farming Practices||practicing organic|
|Soils||rocky gravel topsoils over a base of Galestro (limestone shale), Albarese (marl limestone, high levels of calcium carbonate), and sand|
|Trellis system||transitioning to guyot training|
|Harvest Technique||by hand|
|Year Vines Were Planted||1978, 1986, 2000, (2016)|
|Fermentation||spontaneous fermentation in concrete tanks|
|Maturation||4+ years in Slovenian oak tonneaux|
|Sub-region||Brunello di Montalcino|
Cerbaiona's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the protagonists of the vintage. There is no denying the sheer beauty and focus of this wine. It makes a fabulous first impact with super sharp tones of wild berry, cola, balsam herb, flint and crushed oyster shell. Those drying mineral notes leave a lasting impression. In the mouth, this wine is super elegant, tight and delicately nuanced....
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a surprisingly delicate wine by Cerbaiona standards. Lifted and aromatically expressive, the 2011 will drink well early. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, cherry and mint are some of the signatures. The 2011 offers lovely freshness for the year, but less depth and quite a bit less of the visceral thrill of the best years.