2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)
Lovely black licorice, flowers, and ripe fruits on the nose. This is very aromatic. Full bodied but tight, this has gone to sleep for the moment.
Displays complex aromas of blackberry and cherry, with a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a delicious finish of wonderful yet subtle fruit. Well-integrated and beautiful. Everything is in the right place. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzese’s wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)
What can one say about the quality of Valdicava? It is superb. I've known owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese since 1995 and have visited his winery most every year since, I'm convinced the wines are stupendous and this 2004 will be at the top of the class again. 98 points for his 2001, 100 points for his 2001 Riserva from the Wine Spectator. James Suckling got this one correct! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)