James Suckling: 96pts
This aromas of this Brunello are fresh and fascinating with mushroom, chili pepper, black berry and plum. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a super length. This is a great bottle for the vintage. The private wine of famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini. Drink or hold. Feb 2016
Wine Advocate: 94pts
Carlo Ferrini's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a deliciously lush and soft expression of Sangiovese that offers great aromatic depth, complexity and intrigue. The wine keeps you guessing and in my case it took me a little while to wrap my head around it. Dark cherry and blackberry are harmoniously integrated with spice, leather, mocha and tobacco. It does, however, need a few moments to find balance. In the mouth, the wine is edgy and sharp with some sour cherry and cranberry. I know that winemaker Ferrini says he prefers this vintage to his 2010 Brunello. Both wines are beautiful, but I give the edge to 2010. This expression feels linear, tight and requires a few extra years of bottle aging to flesh out.
International Wine Report: 92pts
The 2011 Giodo Brunello di Montalcino is a wonderful effort from one of Italy’s top enologists; Carlo Ferrini. As this Brunello slowly begins to take shape it releases aromas of blackberries and cherries which come together with spices, leather, licorice and an slight earthy character. Medium-bodied, refined and well structured with fine, silky tannins and a long lingering finish. A textbook Brunello, but allow this just a bit more bottle age for it to hit full stride. (Best 2017-2027) – Feb, 2016 (JD)
Wine Spectator: 90pts
Elegant, with vibrant acidity, featuring cherry, leather, tobacco, menthol and mineral flavors. Firms up as the tannins flex on the finish, which persists with iron and tea accents. Best from 2018 through 2028. 300 cases made. –BS, 2016