2004 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
Plum, cedar and leather aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a lovely density of ripe fruit and a soft, velvety textured finish. Ripe and beautiful. An opulent wine that opens on the palate. This is the best ever from this estate. Best after 2011. (Web Only- 2009)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Solaria's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a sweet, seamless wine that flows onto the palate in a soft, caressing style. This harmonious, accessible Brunello shows lovely balance, but it is already rather forward and looks to be a relatively early maturing wine. Still, it should deliver plenty of great drinking over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate has 2004 as the highest rated Tuscan vintage in the last 25 years, and the Wine Spectator says "2004 Brunello di Montalcino - a classic vintage, wonderfully perfumed and majestically refined." The nose is full of dense, ripe, dark fruit with hints of vanilla. On the palate, the wine shows a dense, focused richness that seems muscled into line, sort of a half-nelson on the flavors forcing them into a linear nature. The wine carries the shadow of structure and power like it's a dark visage struggling to bring forth some cavernous fruit beneath. Powerful and somewhat brooding, this wine will need age a bit to ameliorate the tannins and fulfill its powerful potential. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)