Considerations on 2004 vintage

That is a photo of our village, Sant’Angelo in Colle, made from our vineyards below. It is called “Sant’Angelo in Colle” or “Saint Angel on the Hill” because it is one of the highest elevation points in our appellation of Montalcino. You can see from this photo how it is rising upward.

There have been a lot of discussions recently in the wine magazines and guides about the 2004 vintage. We received very good scores and notes from Antonio Galloni in the Wine Advocate but even he has noted that 2004 vintage was not a great vintage for everyone.

The most recent we have read was this review by the important wine writer Steve Tanzer:

“Thus far, the coverage of Brunello di Montalcino I’ve seen
elsewhere has generally fallen into two categories: 2004 is an outstanding
vintage, worth the 5 stars awarded to it by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di
Montalcino, or 2004 is an overrated vintage from a growing season that was too
warm to make classic sangiovese wines. As usual, the truth lies somewhere
between these two overgeneralizations… The potential Achilles’ heel of the 2004
vintage was the warmth of the summer and, in some instances, above-average
yields. But there were enough short cooler spells in July and August to
invigorate the vines and keep the ripening process going, and the harvest took
place during the second half of September and well into October.”

There were warm temperatures during the summer but if the vineyards were at high elevation enough like the Il Poggione vineyards, the cooler temperatures of nighttime allowed the ripening to continue. Also, in the southern and west part of the appellation, where is Il Poggione, the cooler temperatures of the sea ventilation also help to keep the fruits cool even during the summer high temperature.

This is one of the reasons why my father and I believe that we have made a great wine in 2004. We also agree with that which Mr. Galloni says:

“Overall 2004 is a much stronger vintage in the southern part of the zone – specifically Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate – than it is in Montalcino itself. Simply put – despite a number of truly monumental Brunellos – 2004 is unfortunately not a profound vintage across the board, as it probably could have been and should have been.”

Thank you for reading our blog. We hope you are enjoying 2004 Brunello di Montalcino by Il Poggione!

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