The heartland of Sangiovese, the myriad small villages of Tuscany are some of the most charming and emblematic places in all of Italy. The wines of Chianti and Montalcino are the benchmarks by which all Sangiovese based wines are measured.
I tasted all of the component parts to the '11 in the summer of '14. Let me tell, the red fruited delicacy of many of the parcels was spellbinding. I have no doubt that the in bottle results will make folks swoon and then some.....
Here is Antonio Galloni's review:
" The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante offers lovely density and richness, but it also comes across as a bit monolithic and not totally put together just yet, an impression that is reinforced by a slight hint of reduction in the bouquet. With time in the glass, the sweet red cherry and plum fruit begins to emerge. Tobacco, rose petal and orange peel add the closing shades of nuance. Readers should plan on giving the 2011 at least a few years in bottle, which should allow the wine to settle down a bit. In 2011, all of the fruit went into this single Brunello. " 93+ points
The Five Way Cellars Team (or at least one of them – Ian Cook) has just tasted the wine as suggested above; with an extra few years on the clock it’s very very impressive. It has fleshed out in the fruit dimension, with bay leaf, tobacco and savoury notes adding complexity. It’s silky and polished, very expressive and beautifully balanced. Acid and tannin is subservient to fruit and terroir. Highly recommended. We have just pulled a dozen out of storage. Ian Cook