Brunello di Montalcino is one of the greatest red wines in the world. Period. No arguments. It is where the distinctive sangiovese grape achieves it peak. There’s a reason the clone of sangiovese used in the vineyards of Brunello is called sangiovese grosso. Nowhere else does it become as complex, character-filled, and flavorsome. This vintage of Solaria is sensational. Rich, absolutely loaded with intensity. I recently had a bottle of their glorious 2001 vintage from my cellar, was bowled over, yet realize this ’04 is even better. Here’s a review from The Wine Spectator that includes all the apt adjectives you’ll need for this one: “Plum, cedar and leather aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a lovely density of ripe fruit and a soft, velvety textured finish. Ripe and beautiful. An opulent wine that opens on the palate. This is the best ever from this estate. 94 points!”
Too true, I have to say. This is truly exceptional now, especially with an hour in a decanter. But should you have the fortitude to cellar it for, say, 5 more years, watch out, because it will amaze! As added incentive, upon release this wine was $62 a bottle retail. That makes it out to a nifty $20 per bottle savings!!