The regular Brunello was aged 4 years: approximately 1 year in 5-hectoliter tonneaux of French Allier oak, followed by a further 2 years' ageing in traditional Slavonian oak barrels from 25 to 30 hectoliters in size, then bottling and 1 year's bottle age previous to release. The color is richly nuanced, from ruby to garnet, medium in intensity. The unbelievable bouquet of Brunello 2004 unfolds as a magnificent range of scents and sensations going from cherry to varied floral notes integrated by spice, vanilla and a fascinating, subtle hint of chocolate. On the palate, its superb, silky structure immediately comes to the fore, showing a delightful harmony of components and balance of acidity, alcohol and high extract, characteristic of the very top vintages: 14.5% alc. by cont. yet classically lively total acidity, confirming the perfect timing of harvest. Its very, very long finish lingers in successive shades of marasca cherry, red currant, delicate notes of peach, noble spices and subtle vanilla.