WINE SPECTATOR, MARCH 11, 2016

Tasting Highlights bring the best wines from our editors’ most recent tastings to WineSpectator.com members.

Bottlings of Brunello di Montalcino from 2011, the current vintage on the market, are charming, forward and express their origins. Versions from around the town of Montalcino, at higher elevations, show more finesse and perfume, while those from farther south, at lower elevations and with higher clay content in the soils, reveal more breadth, density and power. The best of these 100 percent Sangiovese wines are fresh despite a summer heat wave. The selection below offers the best value from Montalcino, with all wines priced at $50 or less.

MOCALI Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Score: 93 | $40
This lively red exhibits cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus, tobacco and mineral flavors. The firm tannins work in tandem with the bright acidity, leaving a long, refreshing finish that echoes the fruit, earth and savory elements. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2,100 cases imported.—B.S.

MOCALI Brunello di Montalcino Vigna delle Raunate 2011 Score: 91 | $48
A streak of ripe black cherry and plum fruit is matched to burly tannins. Leather, eucalyptus and tobacco notes add depth as this unwinds on the chewy finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. 250 cases imported.—B.S.