2004 Brunello di Montalcino Valdicava



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£285.00 DP

Average critic rating : 94.33 points

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The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzese’s wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ||Valdicava has been somewhat of a controversial property over the last few years. The Brunellos are typically very concentrated and dense when young, which can make them hard to assess. Make no mistake about it though; these are very serious wines whose only difficulty lies in giving them a few more years in bottle than the vast majority of Brunellos. A vertical tasting last year going back to 1988 published on www.erobertparker.com showed that the Valdicava Brunellos age exquisitely. Wine Advocate.June, 2009

94

94

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzese’s wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate June 2009

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Lovely black licorice, flowers, and ripe fruits on the nose. This is very aromatic. Full bodied but tight, this has gone to sleep for the moment. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Valdicava is widely regarded as one of the greatest vine growers in Italy, producing some of the most unique, opulent Brunellos in Tuscany. The estate covers 333 acres, with 57 devoted to Sangiovese vines.Owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese and oenologist Attiliio Pagli are passionate about making wines which are expressions of the terroir. The focus is all about the immaculately kept vineyards: Valdicava’s Brunello is made from some of the lowest yields in Tuscany, which gives the wines their wonderfully deep colour and concentration.



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