The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a huge, dense wine that explodes from the glass with tar, smoke, earthiness black cherries and minerals. The wine possesses dazzling concentration and tons of richness, as waves of fruit coat the palate in stunning style. This big, dramatic Brunello needs time in bottle, but it is nothing short of magnificent today. The balance, and the integration of the French oak in particular, is brilliant. For those who are curious to try a bottle now, the wine should be opened a few hours in advance as the tannins are imposing at this stage. This is a rare Brunello of superb pedigree and complexity. (AG)
Sweet cherry on the nose, with a hint of flowers and new oak. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, rich finish. Powerful and rich for the vintage. A new wine from the master of Brunello.
This wine sparked wide debate at the Brunello en primeur tasting because of its new, more streamlined style. Siro Pacenti’s 2004 Brunello is not the concentrated blackberry and chocolate fudge bomb of the past. It’s still a meaty, layered wine laced with pretty layers of spice, mineral and ash. But instead of black concentration, it now exhibits ruby luminosity and a fresh, menthol finish. We are impressed.
Bright, deep red. Restrained but pure aromas of dark berries, flowers, licorice and curry powder; slightly reduced. Juicy, spicy and fresh in the mouth but youthfully tight, with lovely subtle perfume accentuated by minerality. Not especially dense but plenty intense, wonderfully vinous and light on its feet. Finishes very long and aromatic, with firm tannic spine: this really fills the olfactories! Very nicely avoids the warm side of the vintage. (ST)
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