A dense and tight wine with lots of black olive, blueberry and
citrus character. Full body, bright acidity and a chocolate, berry and
spice character. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now or later. A
beautiful wine with balance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dark and abundant from the outset, the 2010 Brunello di
Montalcino offers thick layers of dark fruit, savory spice, cured meat,
toasted espresso bean and bitter chocolate. Verbena's Brunello is
decidedly masculine and muscular. It ages in wood for three years and
although the spicy oak has undoubtedly left its mark, the results are
reasonably well integrated even at this young stage in the wine's life.
It will definitely appeal to those who like a soft, dark and more
immediate Brunello to drink in the medium and long term. (ML)
The 2010 is a fantastic, full-bodied Brunello with ripe fruit, plum spice and blackberry characteristics. A silky tannin structure with a long, persistent finish. This big wine should only be paired with grilled meats or matured cheeses. Gorgeous aromas of dark fruits such as plums and raspberries. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a chocolate, vanilla and fruit aftertaste. Turns to roasted meat and berries. Intense and very long finish. Drink or hold. The 2010 vintage is far better than the 2009. Here is a gorgeous wine with a deep, inky color and super extraction that is elegant but powerful at the same time. This is a balanced wine, but it is also an intense wine, with loads of ripe fruit, spice and tobacco. It feels smooth and rich, with a finely crafted texture that is velvety and supple. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a big, full-bodied wine bursting with fruit and sheer energy. Plums, black cherries, licorice, French oak, smoke and tar emerge from this nicely articulated Brunello. Medium red. Slightly roasted, high-toned aromas of red berry liqueur, black cherry, licorice, smoke and leather. Plump, sweet and already quite expressive, with a very ripe cherry flavor complicated by coffee and mocha notes and a suggestion of marzipan. Finishes with sweet tannins. In a plush style, for drinking over the next ten years.
"A dense and tight wine with lots of black olive, blueberry and citrus character. Full body, bright acidity and a chocolate, berry and spice character. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now or later. A beautiful wine with balance."
James Suckling 94 Points
Robert Parker 91 Points