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2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)

SKU #1048253 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (1/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. Best after 2011. (JS) Inner quote mark (4/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. Valdicava has been somewhat of a controversial property over the last few years. The Brunellos are typically very concentrated and dense when young, which can make them hard to assess. Make no mistake about it though; these are very serious wines whose only difficulty lies in giving them a few more years in bottle than the vast majority of Brunellos. A vertical tasting last year going back to 1988 published on www.erobertparker.com showed that the Valdicava Brunellos age exquisitely. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

K&L Notes

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 almost 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. At 95 points, Suckling and Spectator got this one correct! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)

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