Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004
The Valdicava estate dates to 1953 when Bramante Abbruzzese returned to the property in Montalcino where his ancestors were sharecroppers centuries before. In 1967 he founded the Consorzio di Brunello. Later, his grandson Vincenzo transformed Valdicava into one of Montalcino’s most collectible producers. The wines are powerful yet elegant, typically layered with dark fruits, roses, graphite, and silky tannins. He maintains quality year after year with low yields and organic farming.
JS95: "The black-truffle, dark-berry and plum aromas here are very impressive indeed. Full body, tight and integrated tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Why wait? Drink now." -James Suckling
VM94: "His 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." -Vinous Media