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2004 Brunellos! 

HOT OFF THE PRESS — More 2004 Brunello Validation!!!

The news is out and Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate weighed in last week on the 2004 vintage from Montalcino. We have known the Wine Spectator’s opinion on this vintage for months, and now the 2nd major opinion has weighed in!

Issue #183 | June 30, 2009 | 2,283 wines
2004 Brunello di Montalcino: A Vintage Full of Surprises

“The much-anticipated 2004 Brunellos are now in the market and the moment of truth has arrived. Do the wines justify the hype or not? Like all things that involve Brunello di Montalcino, the answer is not a simple one. My first impression of the wines from bottle was not particularly positive as I encountered a number of disappointing wines from well-known producers. Then an interesting thing happened. I tasted Brunello after Brunello from lesser-known properties that were in many cases outstanding. The underperformance of several benchmark properties and the surprising number of terrific wines from less well-known estates is a major theme in 2004 Brunello...” Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate 6/30/09

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Ten Wines That Restored My Faith in the Greatness of Brunello di Montalcino - Montalcino is a region that tends to elicit widely differing points of view on the wines as ultimately one’s perception comes down to whether the proverbial glass is half-full or half-empty...Still, this year I tasted a number of truly profound Brunellos that prove Montalcino is capable of producing extraordinary wines – perhaps not in its entirety – but in selected places and by passionate growers. The big houses might like to think they create the image and therefore demand for Brunello worldwide, and that may be the case amongst the general public, but these and other small production, handcrafted wines are truly the bottles that elevate the prestige of Brunello di Montalcino as a world-class wine. Discerning readers who seek the very finest examples of Sangiovese from Montalcino should do whatever they can to find these wines. In short, these are ten Brunellos that restored my faith in how great Brunello di Montalcino can be: Cerbaiona, Agostina Pieri, Poggio di Sotto, Il Poggione, Salicutti, Salvioni, Sesta di Sopra, Siro Pacenti, Stella di Campalto, Uccelliera and Valdicava Riserva Madonna del Piano. Readers will note that these Brunellos encompass a wide variety of styles, but they all possess the qualities that I consider essential in any fine, age-worthy wine, namely well-articulated aromas and flavors, balance between fruit, acidity and tannins, length on the palate, and the ability to develop even more nuance in bottle. Unfortunately few of these Brunellos are inexpensive, but for those who have the requisite discretionary income, the wines are must-haves...”

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