2011 Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy.
The 2011 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello is a really charming wine, full and lavish with pure Sangiovese character, and it’s drinking great right now. A warm vintage and with ripe flavors makes for a pleasing experience and the Colombini is plush and showing wonderful style and density with racy red fruits, sweet spices, mineral tones and sexy mouth feel. Donatella Cinelli Colombini is a small high-end estate in the heart of Montalcino, with the Brunello coming from their Casato Prime Donne estate grown in 6 small plots around the old castello, the Brunello DOCG is aged 2 years in oak cask and 3 years in bottle before release. While 2011 isn’t regarded as a great vintage, it drinks wonderfully and certainly this Colombini will surprise many with it’s quality and flair, I wouldn’t pass up a chance to enjoy this beautiful Brunello. The 2011 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG starts with pretty details including a light floral note, a hint of smoky wood, dark berries and a mineral element leading to a round palate of sweet cherry, black licorice, tangy currant, wild plum, cedar along with tobacco leaf, baking spices plus a touch savory earthiness. Quite lengthy and lingering this deeply colored garnet/ruby Brunello offers a clear and modern feel, nicely impressive, drink from 2017 to 2021.
($74 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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