(RP=90) The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna Nera opens to an evident combination of dark red fruit contrasted against oak-driven spice. At this young stage in the wine's life, you get both in equal supply. This Brunello shows big richness and depth with bold cherry and blackberry nuances. The spice characteristics come forth as clove and cinnamon. The bouquet is very intense but the mouthfeel is slightly less so. The delivery is tight and compact with good tannic firmness on the close.