The 2010 Cerbaiona is an otherworldly wine, and quite possibly one of the greatest Brunellos ever made.
Since the eighties, Cerbaiona has been the crown jewel of Montalcino. With its only competition being Soldera, Burgundy and Italian collectors have sought out Cerbaiona voraciously.
There's no doubt that the 2010 Cerbaiona is one of the best wines they've ever made. The timing couldn't be better as the owner, Diego Molinari, retired and sold the estate in 2015. Antonio Galloni includes the 2010 in his troika of great Brunellos along with Gianfranco Soldera's 1983 Brunello Normale and 1990 Riserva.
In this monumental vintage, the Cerbaiona showcases an undeniable raciness and magnificent depth. Perfumed aromatics, balance, and finesse are at the forefront, giving way to a luxurious and textural finish. This is authentic, profound Brunello at the highest level of winemaking. I encourage you to read Antonio Galloni's tasting notes below. For good reason, he flips out over this wine.
It's a wine that has been absolutely brilliant from release and remains so until this day. There's no doubt that it has decades ahead of it as this is one of the legends of Italian wine.
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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is every bit as thrilling as it was on the many occasions I tasted it from barrel. Black cherry, hard candy, plum, rose petal, menthol and lavender saturate the palate in a sumptuous, racy Brunello endowed with magnificent depth and pedigree. An utterly stunning, sensual wine, the 2010 constantly changes in the glass as it conquers all the senses with an exotic kaleidoscope of aromas, flavors and textures. I remember tasting the 2010 from cask a few years ago when Diego Molinari was too unwell to go down to the cellar. Nora Molinari tasked me with essentially serving myself as we went from vintage to vintage and cask to cask. For days after, I was mortified that I might not have closed some of the spigots tightly enough. Fortunately, that was not the case. In all of my years tasting the wines of Montalcino, I have only come across two wines with this level of textural unctuosity and sweetness; Gianfranco Soldera's 1983 Brunello and 1990 Riserva. Cerbaiona's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will leave readers weak at the knees. It is every bit that profound."