Pian Dell\'Orino Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Pian Dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Sangiovese Grosso
Region: Italy » Tuscany » Brunello di Montalcino
Producer: Pian Dell'Orino
Alcohol: 14.7%
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Pian Dell'Orino

The Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100 percent Sangiovese Grosso. Before harvest, the grapes are individually checked on the vines and cluster thinning is done. During harvest, the grapes are checked once more on a large table before being destalked and placed in the fermentation bins. Then the grapes are left to macerate for a certain period, according to the vintage. Spontaneous fermentation starts and the temperature is automatically controlled so that it does not exceed 34°C. The must macerates for three to five weeks, depending on the vintage, in order to obtain greater concentration and structure in the young wine. The wine is then transferred to wooden oak barrels of 25 hectolitres (6,600 US gallons), where the malolactic fermentation takes effect. After 2 - 3 years of maturing in the barrels, when the wine becomes stabilized and appears brilliant, it is bottled without using a filter. The wine is left to mature in the bottle for at least one year before labelling and release.

Wine Advocate

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a powerful, muscular wine endowed with plenty of dark fruit, minerals, spices and French oak. The balance here is exceptional, as everything is in the right place. Firm yet silky tannins frame the finish with a classy elegance that is tough to find in Montalcino. Suggestions of smoke, earthiness, tar and leather linger on the long, powerful close. Ideally this Brunello needs a few years of bottle age for all of the elements to meld together, but it is already clearly a very special wine. Pian dell'Orino's 2004 Brunello saw an incredible seven weeks of fermentation on the skins, followed by a whopping 40 months in oak, equal parts cask and medium-size barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.

Score: 94. —Antonio Galloni, June 2009.

Wine Spectator

Shows blackberries, fresh mushrooms and light mahogany on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Refined character. Long, flavorful and subtle.

Score: 90. —James Suckling, 2009.

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