San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2004
Perfumed and beautiful, with flowers and berries. Ripe strawberries on the nose that turn to currants. Full body, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Wonderful texture here. Goes on for minutes. Drink or hold.
Loads of balsam intensity and an array of dried herb, red fruit, wild berry, cedar wood and forest floor aromas. It’s very full and generous in the mouth, with firm, but polished tannin.
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere is richer, deeper and fleshier than the regular bottling, but in 2007 the Lucere also possesses terrific balance, something that the 2006 never had. Dark red cherries, flowers, mint and spices wrap around the intense, polished finish.
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.
Lush and modern, showing mint, cherry and plum flavors, accented by vanilla and toast. Polished and balanced, with echoes of spice on the lingering finish. Best from 2013 through 2026. 1,500 cases made.