Gambero Rosso: 3 Gläser Galloni 96:The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie is quite a bit darker and deeper than the straight Brunello, but it retains that super-classic element of weightlessness that is such a signature of this site. Macerated dark cherries, hard candy, menthol, licorice and cloves are some of the signatures in this exotic, intensely perfumed Brunello from Il Marroneto. The Madonna delle Grazie is not necessarily a better or more complex wine than the straight Brunello, but rather a different expression of this site on the northern side of town. -- Antonio Galloni Parker-Monica Larner 96:This Brunello comes from one of the finest single vineyards in the Montalcino appellation. Last year, I awarded this wine 100 points. This year, I encountered many similar characteristics to remind me of that unforgettable masterpiece. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie is an excellent wine that offers enormous variety purity with bright berry aromas, pressed violets, wet earth, cola and powdered licorice. The wine is translucent, brilliant and luminous with bright ruby highlights. It's a medium-bodied expression with grace, buoyancy and enormous integrity. If you love Sangiovese, you will adore Madonna delle Grazie. Madonna delle Grazie is to Sangiovese what the Chapel of St. Christopher on the hill of Hermitage is to Syrah (except on a much smaller scale). This exceptional vineyard site on the steep, northern side of the appellation belongs to vintner Alessandro Mori who has recently emerged as one of the most talented winemakers in Montalcino. His expertise resides in his ability to allow Sangiovese to find its own voice. This is no small feat. His quality fruit, old vines and non-interventionist winemaking style are the secret to his success. There are no bells or whistles. Last year, I awarded the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie a perfect 100-point score. This year, the 2011 edition of the wine rated 96 points, but it was among my top two favorite wines of the vintage along with Salvioni's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Cerbaiole.