2004 San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino le lucere Riserva

Year: 2004
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
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"Such beautiful and subtle ripe strawberry and floral aromas here. Full body, with sweet, ripe tannins and fruit. Long and gorgeous. So much here. Layered and persistent. Best after 2012." (WS)

"The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Le Lucere is a quirky, idiosyncratic wine. High-toned, mentholated aromatics lead to a core of dark fruit in this firm, classically built Brunello. This is a decidedly more structured style than the more forward fruit-driven 2005s. The overt oak and rising bouquet suggest volatile acidity that is at the higher end of the range most tasters are likely to find acceptable. Readers who can look past those imperfections will find a very pretty Brunello to enjoy over the next decade or so, perhaps longer. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. " (WA)

"Light, bright red. Aromas of red berries, pipe tobacco and licorice. Then sweeter in the mouth, with nicely focused flavors of red cherry and milk chocolate complicated by woodsy herbal nuances and a lingering hint of orange peel. Clean and poised, but the high acidity and mounting, youthfully tight tannins leave one wishing for a little more fruit and generosity. This one really calls for food. (Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset NY)" (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Situated in the splendid area of Northern Montalcino close to Biondi Santi’s Il Greppo and our very own La Serena, the wines of San Filippo are ageworthy and elegant, though very approachable in their youth. The estate totals 22 hectares, 11 of which are under vine, dedicated mostly to Sangiovese, with a small olive grove as well. Founded in 1972 (1977 was the first year of production), the estate was recently purchased by Roberto Giannelli who restored and renovated the entire facility. With the help of Paolo Caciorgna, Roberto is producing 2500 cases of Brunello aged in Slavonian and Allier oak casks each year, as well as 800 cases of a delicious Rosso di Montalcino aged 6 months in used barriques and large casks.