2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
The bouquet opens to sophisticated aromas of dried fruit, spice, smoke, tar and licorice. This is an austere and elegant wine that should be served with the highest quality red meat. In the mouth, it delivers complexity and elegance more than brawn or power.
This is pretty earthy and funky, with ripe fruit, but goes rich and wonderful with air. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely core of fruit. A more traditional Brunello that opens to exotic fruit. Decadent and attractive. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark wine layered with minerals, menthol, pine and a host of other balsamic nuances. Hints of French oak inform the supple finish. This is one of the more accessible, forward 2004 Riservas, yet the wine has the pedigree and elegance to drink well for a number of years. I wouldn’t push my luck too much, though, as the aromas and flavors are already a touch forward. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Tenuta di Sesta is located in the southern part of Montalcino, between Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Sant’Angelo in Colle. (AG)