2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Grapes / Soils

Planted in 1970 & 2001 Galestro from cretacic era. Organically poor but rich in lithoid components.

The Wine

Winemaker's Notes
  • Following D.O.C.G. regulations, to earn Riserva status Brunello di Montalcino must be aged a minimum of five years, one more than required for classification as regular Brunello.
  • Both types of wine must be aged at least two years in wood, so it is noteworthy that Poggio Anticos Riserva spends three and a half years in wood.
  • The first year is spent in new 500-liter French tonneaux, and the remaining two and a half are in the traditional larger Slavonian oak barrels.
  • Prior to release, the wine is refined eighteen months in bottles, which greatly exceeds the six month minimum required for the D.O.C.G. appellation.
Wine Summary
  • Made from grapes.
  • Vine age – planted in 1970 & 2001.
  • Grown on soils of Galestro from cretacic era.
  • Organically poor but rich in lithoid components.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in French tonneaux, new Slavonian oak barrels, and the bottle.
  • Aged for 1 year in the French tonneaux, 25 years in the Slavonian oak, and 15 years in the bottle.

Reviews

91 Points

Focused, with a lightly woodsy frame around a core of dried plum, crushed blackberry and licorice root notes, this has good energy through the gutsy finish, expanding to show bay leaf, tobacco and chestnut accents.  Best from 2019 through 2025.

Wine Spectator, June, 2017

91 Points

The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a sure-footed and steady wine with mild aromas of wild berry, cherry, spice and tar. Although the wine’s intensity of slightly reduced in this vintage, this expression faithfully transmits all the fundamental characteristics associated with aged Sangiovese from beautiful Montalcino. The tannins are mild and integrated and this wine is best suited to near or medium-term consumption. Drink 2020 – 2030.

© Wine Advocate, January, 2019

94 Points

Offers a tasty core of plum and blackberry fruit, backed by lively anise and apple wood notes. Restrained overall, with an alluring freshness and a subtle charcoal hint lingering deftly at the end. Drink now through 2032

Wine Spectator, April, 2019

98 Points

There’s something ethereal in the nose with flowers, cherries, strawberries and shitake mushrooms. Full body. This grows on the palate with super tannin and fruit structure. So much berry flavor and round, caressing tannins that fill your mouth. Tight at the end. This needs four to five years to show its true greatness. Try after 2023.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2019

92 Points

The perfect introduction to Alsace dry riesling, this is ripe and has medium-full-body, but also the lively acidity that makes these wines so appealing. A touch of tannin gives it weight at the finish and makes it very food-flexible. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, December, 2020

91 Points

Quite an impressive pinot gris with plenty of melon and sliced pear, but also buttery richness and a dry finish. If this were a shade lighter and/or more lively at the finish, it would rate even higher. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, December, 2020

91 Points

Still very fresh, this is just beginning to develop the spicy character these wines are famous for, and has plenty of sliced pear, too. At once bright and rather succulent on the palate, this is lively for gewurz. Fair length. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, December, 2020

96 Points

Firm and dense, this red sports cherry, leather, cigar box and sweet spice flavors. A juiciness midpalate adds depth. Finishes with tannins and a combination of earth, mineral and tobacco notes. Best from 2022 through 2038. 1,000 cases made, 400 imported. Highly recommended.

Wine Spectator, June, 2018

90 Points

A rich red, yet there’s underlying freshness and firmness for this ripe vintage. Lots of blackberry and blueberry character and chocolate underneath. It’s full-to medium-bodied with firm tannins and a pretty finish. Try after 2022.

jamessuckling.com, August, 2020

93+ Points

The 2018 Barbaresco “Rizzi” from the Dellapiana family is absolutely beautiful young wine, with superb purity and transparency down to its underlying terroir. Most of the vines in this twelve hectare vineyard were planted in 1967, though some younger vines were planted here also in 2013 (and most likely still find their way into the Nebbiolo Langhe bottling). The lovely bouquet of the 2018 wafts from the glass in a blend of cherries, rose petals, gamebird, curry, complex soil tones, anise and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and ripe, with a sappy core of fruit, lovely soil signature, ripe, firm tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This is still a young wine, but it has all of the pieces in place to be a superb drink once it starts to blossom. This is a ripe vintage for this wine, coming in listed at a fifteen percent, but this was the same octane level of the 2016 Crus from the Produttori del Barbaresco, and like those wines, the 2018 Rizzi Cru bottling does not show any signs of heat or a lack of precision from its ripeness level. 2035 – 2085

View From The Cellar, August, 2021

93 Points

The touch of smoky reduction sits well with the rich peach and Mirabelle aromas of this wine. A slight herbal lift also promises freshness. The palate comes in with juiciness enhanced by medium sweetness and a rounded, mouthwatering texture that has gentle pithiness. The finish is medium sweet but harmonious.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2020

93 Points

Together, this Gewurztraminer and the Riesling (also recommended here) from Kaefferkopf make it clear why this is the Adams’ prized terroir. Both wines share a savory suppleness, here interpreted by the distinctive flavors of finely ripened gewurz in litchi, guava and cider-apple notes. The wine is long and spicy with scents of mace. Its fruit-skin astringency will add umami depths to garlic sausages in choucroute.

Wine and Spirits, October, 2021

93 Points

Growers in Ammerschwihr for more than 400 years, the Adams own 42 acres of vines and farm another 10 acres, all certified biodynamic by Demeter. Kaefferkopf is their prize holding, on a steep hillside just south of town. Jean-Baptiste Adam presents this floral riesling with a graciously light touch. It smells like a fresh pear and a white rose, deepening to nectarine and apricot with a day of air. The fruit development drives the complexity of the wine, long and gentle, ultimately savory. This would be delicious with the simplicity of fresh pears and clotted cream.

Wine and Spirits, October, 2021

91 Points

Still very fresh, this is just beginning to develop the spicy character these wines are famous for, and has plenty of sliced pear, too. At once bright and rather succulent on the palate, this is lively for gewurz. Fair length. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2020

98 Points

Archetypal sangiovese with cherry and floral aromas as well as sandalwood. Medium- to full-bodied with firm, polished tannins. Tight and extremely structured yet there’s an impressive finesse and craftsmanship here. Fine velvety texture. Give it three to four years. Try after 2024.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2021

98 Points
# 24 of TOP 100 WINES of ITALY 2021

Archetypal sangiovese with cherry and floral aromas as well as sandalwood. Medium- to full-bodied with firm, polished tannins. Tight and extremely structured yet there’s an impressive finesse and craftsmanship here. Fine velvety texture. Give it three to four years. Try after 2024.

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jamessuckling.com, December, 2021

16.5 Points

Tasted from a 7.5-cl mini sample bottle. Certified Ecocert organic and Demeter biodynamic. 20-ha estate in Weinviertel. RS 2.3 g/l, TA 5.4 g/l.
A very unusual nose for a Grüner. There’s a trace of cane molasses and iodine, along with roasted fennel. Liquorice laces and lime twisted; fennel and iron-wrought green apple. A wine with soft pockets filled with sherbety acidity and hard corners driven like steel rods. Long and challenging but not without allure – a gimlet of a wine. (TC) 12.5% Drink 2022 – 2026

JancisRobinson.com, May, 2022

17 Points

Tasted from a 7.5-cl mini sample bottle. Certified Ecocert organic and Demeter biodynamic. 20-ha estate in Weinviertel.
Another of the Ebner-Ebenauer wines that seems reluctant to tell you anything from the nose, although there are some light chocolate-mint-leaf notes. But full and full-bodied and not holding anything back on the palate. This is powerful and salty, deeply tangy, and wound in ribbons of bright yet deep acidity. Almost flashy, it’s such a statement, and yet the fruit is tightly restrained. Greengage and kiwi and grapefruit. Just so, so salty. Tastes as if the fruit has been rolled in salt flakes and ground black pepper. Feels as if the alcohol is higher than 13%. Feels as if I can feel the life of this wine inside my chest. (TC)  13%  Drink 2022 – 2029

JancisRobinson.com, May, 2022

92+ Points

The 2021 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is a deep red color, so much so that you’d be hard-pressed to call it a Rosé. Crushed raspberries mix with hints of licorice, rose petals and a spritz of sea breeze to form its alluring bouquet. This is round and pliant with a gentle inner sweetness offset by citrus-tinged acidity, as sour melon and hard red candies resonate throughout. A hint of licorice lingers under an air of lavender, as the 2021 tapers off lightly structured yet full of lively energy. Cristiana Tiberio keeps telling me that she enjoys her Cerasuolo when it’s young and fresh, yet I can’t help but want to know what this beauty will look like in another year or two. That said, it’s stunning already today. 2022 – 2024

Vinous, May, 2022