Asphalt and tar on the nose, with lots of dried dark fruits. Full and very powerful, with layers of chewy tannins and masses of fruit. Really needs time to mellow and come together. But it's all there. A blockbuster. Balanced and fabulous. (JS)
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a deep sensual wine imbued with generous layers of ripe dark fruit that emerge from its medium to full-bodied frame. This gorgeous, expressive Brunello turns richer and weightier in the glass as the fruit begins to emerge, finally building to a harmonious crescendo of intense flavor. There is more than enough fruit here to support extended cellaring. This is a magnificent effort from Andrea Cortonesi. (AG)
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva captures the Uccelliera style at its best. A dramatic, baritone-inflected powerhouse, the 2004 offers notable depth and intensity. The flavors are dark, earthy and savory, with attractive smoke overtones and an overall personality that shows notable muscle. The new French oak is evident, but the Riserva has enough depth to handle it. With a little air, the Riserva is approachable now. (AG)
*Cellar Selection* Uccelliera is among an elite group that represents the best of the best of Montalcino. This gorgeous wine is intense and generous with nice concentration and layered aromas of cherry, blackberry, spice, blackberry and plum. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich and the wine promises many happy years ahead.
Bright dark ruby. Subtle aromas of black cherry, tarragon, mint and fresh fennel, complicated by a woodsy nuance. Sweet, supple and suave, with rich red cherry, black plum and mocha flavors. Becomes more spicy and brisk with air, picking up an attractive mineral note. Finishes with substantial tannins, very good length and a slowly emerging floral quality.
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