“Benvenuto Brunello”

Welcome Brunello!  The new vintage of 2005 is reviewed and also the 2004 Riserva’s are released. 

Montalcino, February 2010 – excitement is growing among the operators of the sector for the Brunello di Montalcino 2005. “It was a wonderful harvest – explains the President of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino Patrizio Cencionidespite the fact that the quantities of grapes picked and made into wine were 15% less than in 2004”.  A lot less wine was made but a much better quality was produced.  These stunning and very approachable wines are now being offered at much more affordable prices in comparison to last years releases.  “In this time of great commitment – concludes Cencioniwe are noting with satisfaction an excellent 2005 vintage, which will enable us to maintain our strength on the markets and to continue proposing Montalcino in the international panorama as an “absolute classic” of Tuscan and Italian enology”.   

Brunello 2005, that was assigned a 4 star, out of 5, rating, receives its official début on the 19th and 20th February in Montalcino at the “Benvenuto Brunello”, the event of the presentation to the press and operators. 

The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino was founded in 1967 after the recognition of the D.O.C., as a free association of producers with the intention of safeguarding a wine whose prestige was asserting itself more and more. It has during the years embodied an instrument of scrupulous and responsible self-discipline, bringing together old and new, small and large estates, in such a way that the wise consolidated customs became a common strategy for qualitative success. The Consorzio safeguards and promotes all four Montalcino denomination wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Moscadello di Montalcino and Sant’Antimo Doc; the remaining part is planted with IGT. 

There are 250 producers (of which 200 are bottlers), all of whom are members of the Consorzio. In all there are 3500 hectares of vineyards in Montalcino divided as follows: 2100 hectares are planted with Brunello di Montalcino; 510 hectares are planted with Rosso di Montalcino; 50 hectares are planted with Moscadello di Montalcino; 600 hectares are planted with Sant’Antimo Doc; the remaining part is planted with Igt. 

On average every year 6,500,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino are produced. 4,000,000 of Rosso di Montalcino, 80,000 of Moscadello di Montalcino and 500,000 of Sant’Antimo. 

Having been lucky enough to try these wonderful wines in barrel while visiting Montalcino, it was great to try these again today from the bottle.  It was like being these all over again.  The wines are beautiful and graceful.  I can’t say enough about them, just read my notes: 

The Abbey at Sant’Antimo


2005 Castello di Romitorio- $59.95btl or $598.00cs- Very focused, big bright cherry fruit.  Soft but masculine with a long finish. 

2004 Castello di Rmitorio Riserva- $139.95btl or $1396.00cs Pure and vibrant fruit; blackberries and currents, asian spices and black tea.  This should merit a very high score, the best ever produced at this estate. 

2005 Canalicchio di Sopra$64.95btl or $649.00cs– Very classic, smooth and rustic.  This is what it’s all about for me, soft black raspberries and cinnamon with a beautiful finish. Traditional Brunello!  Great to drink now! 

2004 Canalicchio di Sopra Riserva$125.00btl or $1200.00cs–  Huge blue fruits and anise, wild flowers and black tea spices.  A superb Riserva, one to put down for 10yrs +, very exotic and racy. 

2005 Valdicava– $110.00btl or $1080.00cs  Not for the faint of heart.  Deep black fruits and violets, asian spices and earthy too.  No one does it better in Montalcino than Valdicava.  A true classic in the making! 

2004 Valdicava Madonna del Piano Riserva$219.95 or $2200.00csSEX in a bottle.  I can’t even describe the multiple layers of fruits and flowers that jump out of the glass.  Full and lush, velvety but yet strong.  This will be the wine of the vintage, 97, 98 or possibly another 100pt score?  Very hedonistic and brooding Brunello dying to be put away in a cellar and forgotten about for 20yrs or more.  This is a collectors dream wine! 

Mark Lasky 

Italian Wine Specialist 

West Palm Wines 





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