The Wine

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004

Profile: The history of the Valdicava began in 1953, when Bramante Abbruzzese started the family vision to cultivate Sangiovese grapes and eventually bottle the wines under his family name. The southwestern Tuscany estate is located in the valley of Montosoli, in the town of Montalcino. Total production of the estate is just 6,000 cases, with 9 vineyards being scattered throughout the site. The southeastern portion of the region is home to the Brunello, producing wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice.

Valdicava philosophy is to produce a Brunello that represents the best traditions in structure and aromatics with elegance, harmony and fruit. The 2004 vintage was extremely good for Tuscany, resulting in wines that are rich and gorgeous with complex layers of fruit, tannin and aromatics with that all-important balancing acidity.

Tasting Notes: Extremely pure and fragrant. It is incredible that the earthy notes can be made in such an elegant and clean style. It kept changing all night. The aromas were open and close. It showed new flavors every time it opened up. Started with earthy and fruity to more savory notes then ended up with a superb yakiniku note. It was such a once in a lifetime experience.

Wine Facts

  • producer: Valdicava
  • varietal: Brunello di Montalcino
  • country: Italy
  • vintage: 2004
  • region: Montalcino
  • size: 750ml

The Collector

Layne AlbertManaged Inventory client since 2009.

“We love Italian wine and visit Italy often for food and wine. Brunello is one of my favorite wines and the 2004 vintage is stellar. Valdicava is one of my favorite producers of Brunello.”

Brunello is one of my favorite wines and the 2004 vintage is stellar.

The Commentary

Wine Spectator

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.

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