Friday, June 5, 2009

2004 Brunello di Montalcino

2004 Brunello di Montalcino
Over the next few weeks we will be receiving our 2004 Brunello selections. Here is what the Wine Spectator has said about the vintage: "You are going to like 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. Do you remember the great 1997 and 2001, as well as the super 1999 Brunellos? Well, 2004 is along those lines of quality, but it is a different style. The vintage produced more perfumed, more refined Brunellos than other recent top vintages."

Needless to say, we are excited. The first arrival is the fantastic Pertimali (Sasetti).

92 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino $54.99 Coming in late-June
Aromas of blackberry, with a dried floral undertone. Full-bodied, with balanced and silky tannins and beautiful fruit and spices in the aftertaste. Best after 2010. 14,500 cases made.

94 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 Argiano di Montalcino $64.99 Coming in late-June
Delivers raisins, blackberries and roses on the nose. Full-bodied, with a soft and silky tannin structure and a long and delicious finish. This is the best Brunello ever from here. Best from 2010 through 2016. 10,300 cases made.

93 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino $67.99 Coming in late-June
Very ripe and powerful, with ripe plum, fresh porcini and cinnamon. Full-bodied and powerful, with loads of fruit and powerful tannins. This has structure for the vintage. It's tight and closed right now. Best after 2010. 1,050 cases made.

93 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino $67.99 Coming in late-June
Blackberries and black cherries on the nose follow through to a full body, with soft and silky tannins. Long finish. Best after 2011. 4,585 cases made.

97 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino $68.99 SOLD OUT
Complex aromas of rose, blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and focused, juicy, rich fruit. Long and intense. The finish shows berry, tobacco, toasty oak, berry and chocolate. Goes on and on. One of the wines of the vintage. Best after 2011. 1,890 cases made.

93 points: Wine Spectator Insider
2004 Pertimali Sasetti Brunello di Montalcino $74.99 In stock
Candied plum notes, with hints of flowers and mushroom, follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very soft, juicy tannins and lightly grilled meat, berry and fresh shiitake mushroom flavors. A decadent style. Best from 2010 through 2015.

94 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino $83.99 Coming in July
Floral, with berry, plum and sandalwood aromas, as well as a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and vanilla, berry and plum flavors. This is dense, layered and balanced. Best after 2012. 3,000 cases made.

95 Points: Wine Spectator
2004 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino $88.99 Coming in July
Has a wonderful nose of roses, strawberries and sandalwood. Full-bodied with fine tannins and an aftertaste of berry, cedar and light coffee bean. Caresses every inch of your palate. Very fine, yet chewy. Needs time still. Best after 2010. 2,265 cases made.

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