The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an intense, full-bodied offering loaded with dark fruit. The wine possesses tons of richness that carries through all the way to the finish, where notes of tar, licorice, new leather and minerals add further layers of complexity. Today it comes across as extremely primary, but this Brunello should develop beautifully with a few years in bottle. This is a striking wine of mind-bending purity. The Brunello saw a lengthy fermentation and maceration, and was subsequently aged in 30-hectoliter casks. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)
Mushroom, berry and plum aromas follow through to a full body, with silky and ripe tannins and lots of crushed fruit and berry character. Long and intense. Wonderful and refined. (Web Only—2009)
This is a beautiful and bold wine with luscious aromas of sweet spice and vanilla bean backed by blackberries and pretty mineral shadings. In the mouth, the wine is thick and creamy with a velvety texture. It closes with a drying hint of smoke or ash.
Bright, dark red. Black cherry, currant, menthol and spicy oak on the slightly medicinal nose. Supple and fairly smooth on entry, then minty and classically dry in the middle, with menthol and mineral elements keeping the flavors quite tight today. This reminded me a bit of the 2001 version but with less early sweetness of fruit. Needs time. 90+ (ST)
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