Saturated ruby-red. Red cherry, brown spices, mocha and minerals on the complex, deep nose. Silky on entry, then rich and layered in the middle, with darker cherry, spice and mineral flavors given definition by lively acidity. The unctuous fruit suggests old vines, and the sweet, lush, broad finish indicates very good winemaking as well. Firm acidity gives this a pristine quality and a deceptively light mouthfeel.
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Jul/Aug 10
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Strawberry pie on the nose, with a hint of coffee. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins. Subtle and pretty on the finish.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia, from a small old-vine parcel on the estate, floats onto the palate with endless layers of perfumed fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Ugolaia possesses remarkable depth. Sweet pine, menthol, red cherries and spices meld together seamlessly on the long finish. With time in the glass, the wine gains more volume as the fruit emerges and the bouquet becomes even more expansive. This is a gorgeous Brunello from Lisini.