Superb. Still so young. Decanted for two hours. I said this is probably a Brunello that will peak at year 30.... Red cherries and strawberries in the nose, some mint. A really stunning nose. Long and lingering aftertaste. Silky tannins, extremely polished.
Brunello di Montalcino: Netta evoluzione terziaria rispetto al 2004. Frutta disidratata, liquirizia, ruggine e mineralità scura e iodata, poi note da rum agricolo di zucchero bruciato e cenni balsamici. Naso poco intenso rispetto ai precedenti. Bocca eccezionale dove l'equilibrio è solo in funzione dell'esuberante espressività del vino. Piena maturità. Acidità biricchina ma al posto giusto.
Great wine. Decanted over an hour before drinking, kept on evolving throughout the evening. Fine fruit, very complex, very long. Style reminded me of Bruno Giacosa. No hurry to drink this wine, it will remain for decades.
Early on, the nose shows musky / earthy aromas, along with sweet spice and sandalwood, over a base of pomegranate and dried strawberries. On the palate, there's a delicate sweetness and fine red cherry on the tip of the tongue that combines with the sweet acidity and firm tannins to create a very pleasant texture and mouth watering impact. This Brunello has that textural, spiced, earthy cherry character on the palate that I see in many of my favorites. The balance is perfect, with plenty of finesse, although it needs a lot of time to integrate and settle into the Soldera it will ultimately become. Later, notes of anise, faint smoke, vague spearmint, and more sandalwood grew on the nose and palate. The finish was long and pleasant with good grip. It's excellent now, but has so many components that should come together beautifully as it matures. 95Pts Tasted 5-25-13.
Light to medium deep, tomato-tinged red. The nose opened with some varnish notes, then closed down almost completely, and then gradually gained intensity for a few hours, showing pure red fruit (rapberries, red cherries) and a little spice. Medium body, also starting a bit weak but quickly gaining in all the aspects. Very elegant and well-structured, very moderately tannic, fresh, red-toned, pleasantly slightly bitter - with lingonberries, redcurrants and just a touch of spice. This one definitely stood out as something unique in a Brunello tasting, reminding mostly of a very classy, fruity Burgundy. Very fresh and long red fruit aftertaste.
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This is our annual Soldera offer and it's the vintage most of our collector friends have been waiting for - 2001.
As one of the world's most revered and rarest wines, I've followed the portfolio of Soldera since the mid 1980s and am always eager to pull old vintages from my personal cellar for Garagiste events (I believe we tasted the 1983, 1985 and 1988 Riserva at one of the Per Se holiday events several years ago). While the wine can be polarizing in youth, with the requisite age, Soldera Riserva is one of the world's greatest wines. In reference to the above Per Se event, the 1985 Riserva went head to head with the 1985 Margaux (one of my favorite wines for its supreme elegance) and it was no contest.
I consumed the 2001 Riserva a few days ago (Saturday night) with a bottle of 2001 Edoardo Valentini Montepulciano and a host of other treats at Paolo's (notes to follow on the Forum and via twitter). The Valentini was literally alive - it churned and bubbled for almost 6 hours before opening into an ethereal beverage. The Soldera was like a solid mountain of incredible breed and mystery. It took even longer to unfold but once it did the cascading layers of feminine fruit were so packed with detail and length that the wine most certainly has a chance to equal the 1983 in time. Those in attendance shook their head at both wines - all of us were humbled by the experience...and I haven't even mentioned the cooking yet.
If you are willing to give this Brunello at least 15-20 years in the cellar, the 2001 Soldera Riserva is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you need to drink it sooner, the wine will be lost in translation. Think of it as 2005 Latour - a wine you are in no hurry to open. If you are purchasing strictly as an investment, the 2001 is sure to have the acclaim of the vintage follow it for decades:
VERY RARE - only 10 cases for the entire US market (most are for NY restaurants)
This parcel has impeccable provenance - it has been perfectly stored since release:
2001 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino (Case Basse) Riserva .
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy5663
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