PERFECT 20/20 Jancis Robinson
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97+ points Wine Advocate
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is another epic wine. It is remarkably textured and vivid for a young Soldera, with endless layers of fruit. The wine literally explodes on the palate with sweet hard candy, expressive red fruits, licorice, tobacco and mint. Everything is held wonderfully in place by the silkiest of tannins. From start to finish this is a towering effort. The 2004 Riserva is so beautiful it can be enjoyed with no guilt whatsoever today. Readers should note there are three lots of the Riserva in 2004. This is Lot F77, which is made from Intistieti, the vineyard that has yielded virtually all of Soldera’s most legendary bottles. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. A visit to Gianfranco Soldera’s cellar is one of the great experiences in the world of wine. I tasted every wine in barrel through 2010, most of which were utterly spellbinding. As always, Soldera is among the last to bottle, but his wines are worth the wait.
Stored on its side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.