2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Served double blind. A round and expressive wine, it showed a little simple compared to the other wines on the night. A few guessed at Chianti, and it did seem an obvious step down.
The nose showed classic cherries and earth with leather and hints of undergrowth. On the palate, it was refined and structured with focused red fruits and saline minerals. The staying red berry and cedar box finish lingered on the palate with a bit of drying tannin. ’04 seems to have everything required to achieve greatness.
Decanted 3 hours. SIGHT: clear, day bright, deep garnet core fading to layers of rust, brick, and crimson. Bright orange rim. medium concentration and viscocity. NOSE: clean, expressive, leather, truffle, saddle, cocao nibs, barnyard, shoe polish, iron, damp earth, forest floor, dried cherry, ground black pepper. PALATE: dry, leather sour cherry, dry earth, saddle. ASSESSMENT: medium alcohol, medium plus to high acidity, medium plus tannins, medium plus finish, medium to medium plus complexity. This is definitely a very good vintage for this wine. Enjoyable to drink right now, and will drink better after many years of bottle aging.
Tasted over two days, half of the wine being put in a half-bottle and recorked. Decanted 3-4 hours each day. On the first day a subdued yet beautiful and classic nose of sour cherries, dust, chocolate and a touch of mild virginia tobacco. In the taste it has iron, blood and meat too. On the second day it appeared even more youthful and intense, more rough and tannic. It was slightly warmer and therefore showed more - and too much - alcohol. Needs a great deal of time, ten years I would guess.
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