There have been a lot of discussions recently in the wine magazines and guides about the 2004 vintage. We received very good scores and notes from Antonio Galloni in the Wine Advocate but even he has noted that 2004 vintage was not a great vintage for everyone.
“Thus far, the coverage of Brunello di Montalcino I’ve seen elsewhere has generally fallen into two categories: 2004 is an outstanding vintage, worth the 5 stars awarded to it by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, or 2004 is an overrated vintage from a growing season that was too warm to make classic sangiovese wines. As usual, the truth lies somewhere between these two overgeneralizations… The potential Achilles’ heel of the 2004 vintage was the warmth of the summer and, in some instances, above-average yields. But there were enough short cooler spells in July and August to invigorate the vines and keep the ripening process going, and the harvest took place during the second half of September and well into October.”
There was warm temperature during the summer but if the vineyards were at high elevation enough like the Il Poggione vineyards, the cooler temperatures of nighttime allowed the ripening to continue. Also, in the southern and west part of the appellation, where is Il Poggione, the cooler temperatures of the sea ventilation also help to keep the fruits cool even during the summer high temperature.
This is one of the reasons why my father and I believe that we have made a great wine in 2004. We also agree with that which Mr. Galloni says:
"Overall 2004 is a much stronger vintage in the southern part of the zone – specifically Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate – than it is in Montalcino itself. Simply put – despite a number of truly monumental Brunellos – 2004 is unfortunately not a profound vintage across the board, as it probably could have been and should have been."
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