($50-$60) Saturated deep red. Sexy aromas of dark cherry, currant, underbrush, cocoa powder and dried flowers. Densely packed, suave and fine-grained, with lovely inner-mouth energy. Savory rather than sweet, with flavors of dark fruits and minerals dominating. Finishes long, with broad, palate-coating tannins and a suggestion of menthol austerity. This should age nicely. (Martin-Scott Wines, Ltd., Lake Success, NY; Masciarelli Wine Co., Weymouth, MA; Villa Italia Imports. S. San Francisco, CA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Raspberry, plum skin and flowers on the nose follow through to a full body, with round tannins and a fruity, dried-flower aftertaste. Slightly chewy. Needs some more bottle time.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is soft and generous in its cherries in liqueur, menthol, flowers and spices. High-toned aromatics frame the fruit through to the finish, where a kick of warmth from the alcohol resonates on the close. This is an accessible, generous and pleasing Brunello to drink over the following decade or so.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Very dark crimson indeed with some ruby at the rim. A brulee note to the fruit. Round, readable, very healthy and lively with savoury, chewy tannins and well balanced acidity on the finish. Quite a stand out!