The 2004 Percarlo is a wine of extraordinary grace, purity and class. Freshly cut flowers, spices, plums, cherries and sweet spices are some of the many notes that are woven together in this super-refined, polished Percarlo. Today the aromas and flavors are still quite primary, while it is the silkiness of the tannin that is most remarkable. The 2004 is a medium-bodied Percarlo built on pure length and energy. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. This complete vertical of Percarlo left me speechless. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala showed me every vintage of Percarlo, back to the inaugural 1983, a wine that has now run its full course. I was deeply struck by the consistency of the wines from year to year, and even more importantly, by the great showing of a number of wines from long forgotten vintages, proving yet again the importance of choosing producer over vintage. (AG)
Deep ruby. Smoky, minerally aromas of violet, red cherry and blackcurrant, with hints of truffle, tobacco and pastrami. Very suave on entry, then smooth and fine-grained, with good mineral lift to the sweet fruit flavors. Sweet, lush and seamless wine, powerful yet elegant thanks to fine acidity that draws out the finish for minutes. An amazingly good, utterly textbook Sangiovese that clearly communicates the greatness of this variety. (ID)
*Editors' Choice* Percarlo is an outstandingly intense and complex Sangiovese that is true to its Tuscan roots. Aromas are wide and penetrating and span the gamut of balsam possibilities, voluptuous fruit, lead pencil and spice. It is round and very fragrant in the mouth with plush smoothness and soft extraction.
A balanced and attractive wine, with milk chocolate and berry character. Full-bodied, bright and very racy. Fresh finish. Silky tannins. Very well made and polished. (Web Only—2007)
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