Vintage - 2004
Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2004 500ml'Whoa - Christmas in a glass. Arresting nose of raspberry, plum, chocolate and graphite. Some complexing tertiary notes of leather and spice temper the pure, clean and sleek fruits. A very composed and detailed rendition of a VP - nothing stewy or overly ripe. It's a lovely, balanced and warming Aussie VP with 16 years under its belt, and still plenty of life ahead. JEFF SALT, PWS
2004Tinto, TourigaAustralia$77.00 As low as $69.30
Felsina Fontalloro IGT 2004The 2004 Fontalloro (100% Sangiovese) comes across as fresher and brighter than the Rancia. Light on its feet, this graceful, delicate wine opens with sweet, perfumed aromatics that meld into raspberries, flowers, spices and a touch of sweet oak that lingers on the finish. It offers remarkable clarity and precision in a pure, focused style, with superb balance and finessed tannins. Drink 2010-2019.\n\nThere is not too much more I can say about the wines of Felsina and proprietor Giuseppe Mazzocolin, except that they are reference point wines for anyone who wants to discover the essence of contemporary Sangiovese from Chianti Classico. This is a compelling set of new releases from Mazzocolin and long-time consulting oenologist Franco Bernabei, one of the giants of modern Tuscan oenology. Even better, the wines remain very fairly priced. ANTONIO GALLONI\n\nGood full ruby. Richer and even more minerally on the nose than the '04 Rancia, offering plenty of orange zest, lily and pleasantly tart red cherry aromas. Lush, very ripe red fruit flavors and a salty edge give this immediate appeal, but make it a bit less refined than the Rancia in '04. The tannins, though, are smoother and slide effortlessly along the very long finish. STEVEN TANZER\n\n2004sangioveseItaly495$165.00
Querciabella Camartina 2004The estate's 2004 Camartina is another irresistibly sexy wine. A deeply-colored ruby, it displays captivating aromatics along with notes of blackberries, blueberries, violets and graphite that emerge on its medium-bodied frame. The fine tannins make it a highly enjoyable wine even at this early stage, but my experience suggests that another few years of bottle age are needed for the wine to integrate its oak and express its full range of aromas and flavors. It is a terrific effort from Querciabella. This blend of 30% Sangiovese and 70% Cabernet is aged in 100% French oak (Allier, Nevers and Tron?ais) of which 80% was new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
ANTONIO GALLONI2004Cabernet Sauvignon, sangioveseItaly495$280.00
Richter Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr TBA 2005 375mLThe 2005 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese offers dusty, smoky notes of advanced botrytis on the nose, along with grilled pineapple, apricot preserves, lemon, and honey, all four of which elements vie for attention on the palate. Pure, refined and with rapier-sharp length, this nevertheless is not yet by any means organized or clear enough to permit a good view of what sort of personality lies in the future. For now one can only say that it may take many years for the personality of this wine to be clearly visible, but it is virtually certain that this will be a 50-year wine. Along with the sheer density of Richter’s 2005 vintage Trockenbeerenauslesen goes, in each instance, a concentration of acidity to over twelve grams DAVID SCHILDKNECHT, Wine Advocate2004RieslingGermany442$500.00 As low as $450.00