Brunello 2001 and 2004 retrospective tasting: just like with films
Two articles that help us enjoy the Brunello 2001 and 2004 guided by Eric Guido from Vinous and Monty Waldin from Decanter and the ratings are very high
Two articles and two tastings to understand the evolution of Brunello, from a wine conceived to defy time to a wine that must associate longevity and youthful pleasantness. This is the passage from “Biondi Santi philosophy” to the new style in a large number of Montalcino producers.
THE TWENTIETH YEAR IS THE REVEALING ONE REGARDING LONGEVITY
Eric Guido, a super taster of Italian wines for Vinous, has tasted the Brunello 2001 explaining the reason behind such a choice <<So why twenty years? Why not ten or thirty? Because, in my opinion, it is the twenty-year mark that proves the potential of a Brunello vintage. At ten years, a classically structured vintage is still in its adolescent stages (think 2010). At thirty years, only the best wines will still be drinking well (think 1990). However, at twenty years, you can assess from a broad range of producers if the vintage is ready to drink now, drink soon, or continue to stash away in your cellar>>.
HOW THE BRUNELLO PHILISOPHY HAS CHANGED DURING THE LAST 20 YEARS
As has happened to me, during the last 20 years, many producers from Montalcino have gone through a great evolution. They have returned to a stronger rapport with the vineyard and to the use of larger barrels. The producers who had maintained a more traditional style even when the critics rewarded the Brunello aged in barriques and coming from vineyards in the warmer parts of Montalcino have been at an advantage.
92/100 FOR THE BRUNELLO 2001 FROM ERIC GUIDO
92/100 is the opinion of Eric Guido regarding our Brunello that he describes in a charming way with hints of ripe cherries, dark exotic spices, brown sugar and hints of toasting and minerality from a “dramatic bouquet”.
96/100 FOR THE BRUNELLO PRIME DONNE 2004 FROM MONTY WALDIN
96 points to the Brunello Prime Donne 2004 from Monty Waldin in an article published on “Decanter” and dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino 2004: a retrospective. The tasting regarded 40 wines from a vintage in Burgundy stile with a strong barrel imprint. This is a vintage judged 5 stars for the excellent quality of the grapes that represents the first of Monty Waldin’s trips to Montalcino and his falling in love with Brunello.
WHY IT IS DIFFICULT TO LOVE OUR PAST
I will conclude this retrospective regarding older vintages of Brunello with a personal note. When I left the family estate to create a project of my own starting off with two properties in need of renovation for me it was psychologically very trying. It was as if I had become a different person with a different identity. Now I am happy of this choice and the path that I have followed during these 23 years and recently I have been able to connect what I do now with my juvenile experiences. Those memories no longer hurt me and I no longer feel the need to distinguish myself. I see in my wines the reflection of what I was and of what I am now, of the maturity and of the values of which I now experience with awareness and serenity. Maybe for this reason I am in love with the new vintages and… believe me I will do even better. Because I am like Brunello, I better with age.