The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a classic Valdicava wine built on power, intensity and depth. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, dark spices and menthol make a strong first impression, followed by huge waves of tannin and acidity that will require at least a few years to settle down. In a part of Montalcino that is known for finesse, the Madonna del Piano is decidedly powerful, concentrated and extracted. Readers will want to give the 2010 a good bit of air, as the Madonna del Piano needs quite a bit of time to open up.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Deep ruby with orange rim. Deep fruit nose with hints of sweet spice. Lovely balance and supple, but not really open. Bags of coating tannins that frame the concentrated fruit. A sleeping beauty. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2034