The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is deep and powerful in its smoke, tar, spices, scorched earth and plums. The wine has shut down quite a bit since I last tasted it a few months ago, and the refined silky tannins that were present a while back have turned decidedly virile. Still, the wine’s pedigree is impossible to miss, and the only thing this needs is time, probably lots of it. Pretty scents of soy, smoke and incense inform the long, elegant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (Antonio Galloni)
Very powerful and rich, with blackberry, licorice and light toasty oak. This has pure fruit. Turns exotic and decadent. Big and full-bodied, with dense, powerful tannins, but velvety and beautiful. Layered and gorgeous. Best from 2011 through 2018. 1,950 cases made. (James Suckling)
This is spicy and very, very rich with light raisin and hints of vanilla bean character. It’s full and velvety textured with a long and flavorful finish. Structured and refined. Drink now or hold.
Neri's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is silky, supple and open-knit. It has also aged the best of the three 2004 Brunellos. Dark cherry jam, spice, herbs, earthiness, black pepper, licorice, menthol and sweet spices are nicely pushed forward. I would prefer to drink the 2004 over the next few years, as it will not be a long-lived wine.
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