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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004
(search item no. 100038)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $56.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark, very intense red rubin with violet shades; light garnet-red tonalities that can just be noticed on the glass border. Wide, elegant, delicate, lingering, earthy with mineral hints integrated with the fruity flavor and a sweet spiciness. The first impact is sweet with sensations on mouth entry full of structure. Close-knit tannic weight but sweet and silky. Very well balanced tannins with wine sweetness. Full-flavored and full-bodied, rich in end-palate fruity and spicy sensations.
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About Fanti:

Filippo Fanti is the owner of this small Tuscan estate located in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, an iconic village outside Montalcino. Filippo is also president of the Consortium of Brunello di Montalcino, the organization that regulates all wine production in this zone.

Wine and olive oil have always been produced here, but the decision to begin bottling these products under the Fanti label was made only in the mid 1980s. This has led the winery to completely modify its operating procedures and restructure its cellars, as it dedicates itself with an entirely new spirit.

Quality-oriented winemaking is led by consulting enologist and agronomist, Stefano Chioccioli, who is involved in all decisions made at Fanti. Together, he and Filippo are creating "best of class" wines that exhibit the character of this particular area of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG production zone.