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2004 Soldera (Case Basse) - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 98 WA
  • Variety
    Sangiovese
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SKU: 45410-2004-750-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is another epic wine. It is remarkably textured and vivid for a young Soldera, with endless layers of fruit. The wine literally explodes on the palate with sweet hard candy, expressive red fruits, licorice, tobacco and mint. Everything is held wonderfully in place by the silkiest of tannins. From start to finish this is a towering effort. The 2004 Riserva is so beautiful it can be enjoyed with no guilt whatsoever today. Readers should note there are three lots of the Riserva in 2004. This is Lot F77, which is made from Intistieti, the vineyard that has yielded virtually all of Soldera's most legendary bottles.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is another epic wine. It is remarkably textured and vivid for a young Soldera, with endless layers of fruit. The wine literally explodes on the palate with sweet hard candy, expressive red fruits, licorice, tobacco and mint. Everything is held wonderfully in place by the silkiest of tannins. From start to finish this is a towering effort. The 2004 Riserva is so beautiful it can be enjoyed with no guilt whatsoever today. Readers should note there are three lots of the Riserva in 2004. This is Lot F77, which is made from Intistieti, the vineyard that has yielded virtually all of Soldera's most legendary bottles.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Drink Dates: 2006-2014
    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2017-2031
    Author: Malafronte Michael
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Impromptu dinner with a friend cooking us dinner and another couple led to a nice wine evening. Dinner was an on-the-fly creation with mushrooms and sausage, and was spectacular, along with a very creative salad with a bit of a kick. As has become my custom, when drinking a few wines at the same time, I review all in one note. Had five wines (actually four, with a corked wine we selected a replacement). The wines, in order of general consumption, were 2004 Soldera Riserva, 1997 Dal Forno Reciota Della Valpolicella, 1887 Quintarellia Valpolicella, 1997 Mascarello (corked badly) and 1996 Aldo Conterno Barolo. Besides the Mascarello, which was a sunning example of a corked bottle of wine, the others were off the hook ' all of them! Without exception, the Soldera was the shining star. It delicious in every regard. Its nose was of subtle blossoming cherries and strawberries, lovely finish and would have been wonderful if this was 2027. Just spectacular ' probably up there in the top five wines of all time for me. Had not consumed the 2004 yet, but it is right next to the best Soldera's I have ever had. Hard to say better or worse, just mind-blowingly good. If not 100, a solid 99, which is saying something. The Dal Forno, which I thought was an Amarone, was very good and got WAY better with some time. We probably started drinking about 75 to 90 minutes after opening. With two hours plus, it just kept getting better. Lots more fruit and a bigger wine than the Soldera, it was complex and fully developed. Guests loved it, and I was a big fan. Total great wine, probably 97 or better. The Quintarelli, which we opened and pretty quickly started drinking (times I had in the past, this wine faded quickly), was great too. Did not expect much and after a short open period, the wine was all finesse. Same taste structure of the Dal Forno, just imagine that everything that was in the Dal Forno was in the Quintarelli, just more defined and with less road traffic at the intersections. My opinion (others were all over the map), I would have said that this wine was sort of a mash-up between the Soldera and the Dal Forno in terms of enjoyment and quality. Lots more isolation of the fruit, more noseƒ?Ý Mascarello ' a stunning example of a corked bottle of wine. Poopy. The Aldo Conterno Barolo was surprisingly good, like just a half a click away from the stunners above. Has it open for 30 minutes, and judging by the update, everyone thought this was a terrific wine. As you would expect, it reminded me of the Colonello or Cicala, but with a little less finesse. Lovely, light-ish complexion to the wine with dried fruits (like currants, raisins and strawberries) and a great nose. Did not have high expectations for this wine, was much better than expected. A super solid 94.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Soldera. So unusual and hard to put your finger on it. We couldn't get enough of it.
    Author: Mike N296
Located in the southwest region of Montalcino, Case Basse is a tiny estate whose dedicated owners, Gianfranco and Graziella Soldera, create Brunellos of exacting and exceptional quality. Many consider these wines the epitome of premier Brunello, as they are powerful, rustic and age-worthy. Soldera seamlessly links traditional vineyard cultivation with natural style winemaking. The vines are manually pruned and cultivated, and the wine is aged in traditional large oak barrels from Slavonia. Add to this a deft and intuitive application of progressive oenological techniques and the result is impressive wines of superlative substance and elegance.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1015 bottles owned
  • 95 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 95 collectors)