Biondi Santi   Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

By Biondi Santi

2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi, Tuscany, Italy

The revered 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi is an illustrious expression of exclusionary artistry interwoven with peculiar climatic influences that bespeak the extraordinary attributes of this stunning vintage.


An Exceptional Year for Tuscan Wines

The year 2004 dismissed the caprices of nature with benign climatic conditions dominating the growing season in Tuscany. It yielded an impressive consistency in quality across the region - a rarity that marks it as a noteworthy vintage. The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva showcases the climatic benevolence characteristic of this vintage, offering investors opulent depth balanced with poised elegance.

This wine's harmonious interplay between structure and fluidity is enhanced by its intricate complexity and unparalleled finesse. The aromatic profile revolves around ripe dark cherries, hints of spice and reverberations of the Sangiovese's characteristic earthen rusticity, reflecting a definitive sense of place.


A Tribute to the Treasured Art of Winemaking

In a league of its own, the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi stands as testament to Italy’s viticultural heritage. It possesses an unusual clarity and eloquence that transcends the limitations of ordinary Southern Tuscany wines. Amidst discerning palates, Biondi Santi’s effort with this vintage lends itself to contemplation rather than casual consumption.

For those interested in an investment reflecting expertise honed over generations and a sublime illustration of what Tuscan terroir can achieve, fine wines from Italy such as this one are opportunities worth exploring. The growth potential here mirrors the enduring charisma of the wine itself: reserved, yet compelling.

In summary, the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi embodies the esteemed legacy of one of Italy’s most respected wine producers. It is a velveteen masterpiece which highlights the distinctive singularity of an extraordinary vintage – a prospective and delightful addition to any discerning wine investment portfolio.

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The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is impeccable and classy. Ripe red fruits, flowers and minerals are some of the nuances that emerge from this fresh, vibrant wine. The fruit remains incredibly youthful and pure all the way through to the finish. This is a surprisingly supple, fruit-driven style of Riserva from Biondi-Santi, and with time in the glass the reluctant bouquet finally emerges. Some of the explosiveness of the best vintages (such as 2001) is missing, but the wine nevertheless impresses for its finesse and impeccable overall balance. The 2004 Riserva looks to have a long life ahead of it, but it is so harmonious that opening a bottle in its youth, while not optimal, is far from infanticide. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Biondi-Santi this year. Of course, Biondi-Santi is the estate that put Brunello di Montalcino on the map, so it is nice to see this historic property doing so well. These remain some of the most rigorous, age-worthy Brunellos readers will come across. Traditional vinification and aging in large, neutral casks are the rule. Ideally the wines are best left in the cellar for at least a decade after release, but readers will have a very hard time exercising such restraint here. These are magnificent Brunellos. Importer: Shaw-Ross, Miramar, FL; tel. (954) 430-5020

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 26 April 2010

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