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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Brancaia Il Blu 2004
Brancaia Il Blu 2004
(search item no. 89192)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator's 2006 Top 100 - #9

"The aromas leave me speechless, with freshly cut roses and lilacs that follow through to crushed blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied but extremely balanced, with velvety yet caressing tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2008."
-Wine Spectator

The top product of the Brancaia brand is the Brancaia IL BLU, IGT (Supertuscan), highly acclaimed by the international wine press. Since the vintage 1997, this wine has been rewarded with the TRE BICCHIERI by the Gambero Rosso / Slow Food. The Brancaia IL BLU 2001 (93 points) was quoted by Wine Spectator as "a real beauty" and Wine Spectator rated the vintage 98 with the high score of 94 points and concluded comments with: "Brancaia is a new star". That reputation has since been kept high as the recent 2004 vintage was rated by Wine Spectator with an impressive 96 points score. For many wine lovers all over the world, this is already a classic.

50% Sangiovese
45% Merlot
5% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Brancaia:

La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world.