Tomorrow I’ll be pouring 2004 Brunello di Montalcino and 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva at Benvenuto Brunello and Biondivino in San Francisco.
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Here are tasting notes for the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. Tomorrow morning (California time) I’ll post notes for the 2003 Riserva. I hope to see you at the tastings!
The 2004 harvest was a great vintage for Brunello thanks to the
favorable weather conditions throughout the year. Our Brunello is made with
100% Sangiovese grapes sourced from the estate’s oldest vineyards. It is aged
for 36 months in French oak barrels. Very intense in color, thanks to submerged
cap fermentation and our Sangiovese clones, the nose shows great red fruit,
marasca cherry, sweet spices, and a nice but soft vanilla note that doesn’t
overwhelm the other flavors, but makes them more complex and interesting. It is
rich on the palate with the right balance of alcohol and acidity. This is
because our vineyards lie at different altitudes. Moreover, wide temperature
variation between the day and the night is very typical in Sant’Angelo in
Colle. The tannins are velvety and well integrated with the other elements of
the wine. Finally the aromatic persistance is very long, allowing the taster to
continue to enjoy the pleasure of this wine. This Brunello 2004, definitely
very young to be enjoyed now at its best, also shows a great aging potential.