2011 Brunello di Montalcino, Cerbaiona, Tuscany

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Intense garnet-rose, the nose sings of the pine needles that litter the ground at Cerbaiona, along with more classic redcurrant and blackcurrant notes. Placid, juicy, the palate conjures up redcurrant skins, sapidity, masses of flesh, forest fruit and cool, red-cherry finish. Impeccable, as ever; Diego and Nora continue to maintain the highest standards. Nora Tadros Molinari is at the helm of this much-lauded Montalcino property, while her husband Diego recovers from a bout of poor health. More fortunate are the grapes that grow on their three hectares of alberese soils at perfect altitude on