|~ The Road that Leads to the Collelceto Estate ~|
It's been just about a year since I last checked in on the 2004 Collelceto Brunello. When this wine was released, I was completely unfamiliar with it, but the price attracted me. I did what I always do. Bought one, tried it, and then went back for more. There's a lesson there. This bottle is my last of the bunch. I have yet to see the 2006 or 2007 version of this wine and so I say goodbye to a friend, you have served me well indeed.
The 2004 Collelceto Brunello is still a vibrant ruby red with violet reflections but displays that trademark copper color at the rim of the bowl. The smell is pure Tuscany; with road dust, crushed berries, wild brush and fennel. It's captivating. On the palate the wine is juicy and in a perfect place right now. The wild berries are accented with clay, warm earth, dried spices and herbs. It's as if the wine was steeped in Tuscan brush before bottling - almost in the way Gin is created. The balance on the wine is wonderful. There's plenty of acids and the tannins have resolved nicely. If you have this wine, now's the time to drink it. You will not be disappointed. One of the best Brunello values I've ever purchased. 93 points. About $36.
|~ A great value: 2004 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino ~|
Find out more about winemaker Elia Palazzesi and Collelceto here: Collelceto Estate