This is incredible for the vintage with its density and freshness. Tons of complexity but still in need of some time to come out of its shell. Still, this has an incredible depth of fruit.
95+ points, James Suckling (Jan 2011)
Don't let the firm tannins fool you, the 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a stratospheric wine. It is one of the most powerful, intense and brooding wines of the vintage yet everything is miraculously in place. Dark cherries, licorice, new leather and flowers gradually emerge from a wall of unyielding tannins. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume gradually emerges. Smoke, tar, scorched earth and a host of dark, brooding flavors mark the long, powerful finish. Readers will need to be patient here, but the 2005 Madonna del Piano will deliver the goods.
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2011)
Rich in cherry and blackberry flavors, with tar, leather and tobacco accents, this is fresh and elegant, framed by refined tannins and vibrant acidity. Harmonious, long and approachable now, though there's no rush. Drink now through 2022. 400 cases imported.
93 points, Wine Spectator (2015)
Madonna del Piano Riserva’s rich elements of barbecue smoke and spice add background nuances to black fruit and mature cherry. But what really sets this Brunello apart is the smoothness of its silky texture.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2011)