2004 Stella di Campalto Brunello di Montalcino
Producer: Stella di Campalto
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Sangiovese
($99) Good medium red. Spicy aromas of cherry, redcurrant, licorice, dried rose, cinnamon and graphite. Supple, fine-grained and nicely concentrated, with harmonious acidity nicely supporting the sweet flavors of red plum, currant, spicecake and dried flowers. Spreads out nicely on the back end, finishing with firm but ripe tannins and good energy. This may be a bit oaky for some purists, but I loved the wine's sugar/acid balance and suave texture. (Douglas Polaner Selections, Mt. Kisco, NY)
95+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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