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2004 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

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RATINGS

96Wine Spectator

Very dark in color, with a complex nose of Indian tea, blackberry, licorice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully integrated and polished tannin structure. Caresses every millimeter of the palate. What a joy to taste.

95James Suckling

Shows complex aromas of blackberries, dried flowers and liquorice. Amazingly polished and integrated tannin structure, with a full body. A pleasure to drink now.

94The Wine Advocate

...There is gorgeous clarity to be found in the glass, along with a beautiful balance of density and structure. The finish is long, vibrant and seductive. This looks to be relatively accessible early...

94Vinous / IWC

...marvelous wine graced with expression violets, black cherries, minerals, spices & subtle French oak. There is gorgeous clarity to be found, along with a beautiful balance of density & structure. The finish is long, vibrant and seductive.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Very dark, impenetrable. Opens with nutmeg, hints of black pepper becoming increasingly more complex with aeration, followed by wonderful intense but not overtly sweet fruit. Long and persistent finish with flattering crunchy tannins...

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.