Deep almandine ruby with black reflections and some almandine in the rim. The bouquet is rich, with rich cherry fruit supported by bright berry fruit acidity and by a fair amount of alcoholic warmth, with depth coming from deft slightly greenish bitter accents. Quite young, but also articulate and has quite a bit to say. Interesting things. On the palate it’s full and rich, with powerful bright tart berry fruit supported by ample tannins that still have a degree of anger to them, and flow into a clean sour cherry fruit finish with lasting warmth. It’s very nice, but not really ready yet — one could drink it if one had to with a thick steak, but it will show much better in 5 years, and even better in 15. Impressive, for the future.
di Montalcino 2004
Has blackberry and coffee bean, with a hint of cream on the
nose. Full-bodied and tight, with slightly austere and chewy tannins, but there
is pretty, ripe fruit underneath it all. Best after 2010. 16,665 cases made.
Be it bistecca alla fiorentina or be it cinghiale, we think that our 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a good wine for drinking now and for putting down in the cellar. It will age very well. If one had to drink it now, it will also be very good.