Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate has recently released her 2011 Brunello di Montalcino report and it comes as no surprise that Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino has topped the bill with 96 points. It is a wine she describes as ‘one of the protagonists of the vintage. There is no denying the sheer beauty and focus of this wine.’ Cerbaiona is recognised as one of the world beating Brunellos, one of the great five. The 2010, for example, received 100 points from Antonio Galloni and 98 points from Monica Larner and it has already more than doubled in price to £1,200 per case of six. Indeed, this is amongst the rarest wines in Italy, this boutique Estate only make 350 cases of Cerbaiona each vintage.
The 2011 Brunello vintage is very good, at one point many growers thought it might surpass the 2010, yet late in the year scorching heat preserved it as excellent, but not a legendary vintage. The wines are full of power, balance, with wonderful ripe fruit and juicy tannin and will drink far sooner than the 2010. In fact, the 2011 vintage has received four stars from the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, an event which takes place in February as part of Benvenuto Brunello.
2010 has re-invigorated Brunello and its global cachet has never been higher, with new markets and old seeking out the leading wines. The 2012 vintage promises to strengthen this further, already receiving five stars and is considered and outstanding vintage. Those with an allocation will be able to name their price, as with the 2010 vintage. This is the first time we have been able to offer an allocation of this wine on a first come first serve basis. As such Cerbaiona 2011 offers a unique opportunity to secure future a allocation of one of the world’s great wines and secure one of the wines of this current excellent vintage.
The Estate was formed in 1977 by a Diego Molinari, a former pilot. The small estate, Cerbaiona, lies on the north-eastern shoulder of Montalicino commune, benefiting from a 400 metre elevation, incredible exposure and the magical galestro/alberese clay soils. Diego focuses his attention unrelentlessly on the the 3 hectares of vines, he does not use pesticides or fungicides. In many respects he is the garagiste of the Montalcino: in 1980 he produced only 70 bottles, this figure has only increased five fold since. All this goes a long way to explaining why this is truly special and hugely sought after.
Monica Larner, Wine Advcoate 96 Pts
‘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. Unfortunately, I have not had the best track record with aged Brunello from Cerbaiona (ten years or more) personally, but I am hopeful that a wine of this caliber and depth will restore my faith. No matter what the aging trajectory ultimately demonstrates, this wine certainly does taste fantastic at this young stage.’ Drink 2017 – 2028
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