2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano
Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
  • JS 97
  • WS 96
  • WA 96
  • VN 96
  • WS 95
  • WE 95
  • VN 95

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JS 97
jamessuckling.com, February 2019
A full-bodied, firm and chewy wine with very polished and caressing, juicy tannins. Shows youth and prowess in its structure. Flavorful and persistent. Drink now, but better in two or three years.
WS 96
Wine Spectator, June 2010
Intense aromas of blackberry blueberry and mineral with just the right amount of licorice and mineral. Full-bodied with silky tannins and a beautiful finish. Best after 2012. 2415 cases made. -JS
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2010
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano continues to develop very positively. This huge concentrated Madonna del Piano dazzles for the richness of its fruit and the delineation of its aromas. The clean... expand The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano continues to develop very positively. This huge concentrated Madonna del Piano dazzles for the richness of its fruit and the delineation of its aromas. The clean vibrant finish suggests many years of cellaring potential. The Valdicava Brunellos are often misunderstood when young because they possess so much richness but with time in bottle the wines turn more delicate and complete. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. Vincenzo Abbruzzese is one of the most outspoken passionate growers in Montalcino. His beautifully tended vineyards yield some of the richest wines in the region; and that's where most of the focus is - on the vineyards. The winery itself is unremarkable and is equipped with just the bare essentials. All of the wines are aged in large neutral oak; what comes through is Abbruzzese's commitment to low yields sustainable farming and non-interventionalist winemaking. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the 2008 Rosso in bottle but several samples tasted from tank and cask seemed quite promising. -Antonio Galloni collapse
VN 96
Vinous, April 2010
(96+ points) The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a wine that continues to develop very positively. This huge, concentrated Madonna del Piano dazzles for the richness of its fruit and the... expand (96+ points) The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a wine that continues to develop very positively. This huge, concentrated Madonna del Piano dazzles for the richness of its fruit and the delineation of its aromas. The Valdicava Brunellos are often misunderstood when young because they possess so much richness but with time in the bottle the wine turns much more delicate and complete. The clean, vibrant finish suggests many years of cellaring potential. -- Antonio Galloni collapse
WS 95
Wine Spectator, November 2017
Offering a ripe bouquet of cherry and raspberry, this is the fruitiest of this decade. The primary fruit flavors are allied to a velvety texture, backed by a solid layer of tannins. Despite the feel of surmaturité here... expand Offering a ripe bouquet of cherry and raspberry, this is the fruitiest of this decade. The primary fruit flavors are allied to a velvety texture, backed by a solid layer of tannins. Despite the feel of surmaturité here, the finish is fresh and superlong.--Non-blind Valdicava Brunello vertical (July 2017). Best from 2020 through 2036. –BS collapse
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, October 2010
Here’s a dark and well concentrated Brunello Riserva with meaty tones of smoked ham or bresaola backed by black cherry and prune. You’ll get loads of leather and tobacco and the wine is bright and tart on the close with a... expand Here’s a dark and well concentrated Brunello Riserva with meaty tones of smoked ham or bresaola backed by black cherry and prune. You’ll get loads of leather and tobacco and the wine is bright and tart on the close with a fresh fruit finale. Excellent. collapse
VN 95
Vinous, October 2016
95+ The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is powerful, deeply colored and still carrying a considerable amount of tannic heft for a twelve year old wine. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, scorched... expand 95+ The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is powerful, deeply colored and still carrying a considerable amount of tannic heft for a twelve year old wine. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, scorched earth and licorice give the wine much of its distinctive virile personality. The Madonna del Piano is one of the bigger, brawnier 2004s readers will come across. As such, it needs to be served alongside similarly rich, hearty cuisines. collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2004
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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Riserva Madonna del Piano, hails from one of the first and best single-vineyard sites in Montalcino, with production dating back to 1977. Made only in the best vintages and from the oldest vines on the property, in 1994 Valdicava was granted the right to list the Madonna del Piano vineyard designation on the label. The 19.5 hectare single vineyard is divided into four parts: old vines, Pievecchina, Pratea and Sferracavallo. Owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese harvests the vines from each part of the vineyard at different times and makes the wines separately before blending them together. The wine is then aged about two years in large old casks and another two years in bottle.

Winery

Valdicava

One of the oldest estates producing Brunello di Montalcino, Valdicava is located in the Montosoli area, famous in Montalcino for wines with great balance of body and aroma. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner and winemaker, has been making wine at Valdicava for more than 30 years. He and his family have long-crafted Sangiovese masterpieces, and their Brunellos are considered a benchmark - among the finest in the region. Vincenzo is known to be one of the masters of Brunello due to his passion and intense dedication to the vineyard, and clinical attention to detail at each step of the wine-making process.

Nearly 67 of the 333 acres of the property are dedicated to vines, all strictly Sangiovese. Martini Bramante, Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s grandfather, bought the property in 1953 and began bottling “Brunello Valdicava” in 1968. Today, with the help of Valdicava’s agronomist, Andrea Paoletti, and oenologist Attillio Paglio, Vincenzo has succeeded in bringing his wines to the next level and in establishing a stellar reputation.