04 Soldera Brunello Riserva: The Legend Begins...

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The Legends of 2004
2004 Soldera Case Basse
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
15% Below the Lowest Price in the Nation

"At their best, these are some of the most profound wines being made anywhere on the planet."
- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

Strong words - though words well deserved, especially in this vintage of vintages for Brunello. It's been a long wait... but the 2004 Soldera Riserva has finally been released.

Soldera is one of those estates that transcends the region - its wines deserve to be compared to the greatest wines in the world, and not simply the best-of-the-best Tuscans.

Gianfranco Soldera’s story is an interesting one, making his wines, which are enthralling on their own, even more fascinating. If you don’t know it, we encourage you to read on.

For the collectors, those already under the spell, we’ll move straight to today’s deal: 2004 Soldera Case Basse Brunello Riserva at $279.95 a bottle.

We would expect our parcel to dry up very quickly, please respond with your order and we'll do our best, though all orders are subject to confirmation.

Gianfranco Soldera only burst onto the Brunello scene in the late 1970s, but his eccentricism and obvious obsession pushed him into the spotlight almost immediately. A modern legend as it were. Soldera set up shop with new vines - exclusively Sangiovese - on a tiny, two-hectare plot in Montalcino, where he now renders the absolute pinnacle expression of this grape: ultra-pure, agile, dark fruit that penetrates deeply.

His Brunellos are simply like no others: Here is Sangiovese that electrifies the palate with a super-fine acidity shot through layers of tongue-staining blackberries, purple wildflowers and mountains of tannin. Classic Brunello, both dense with fruit/flower and precise, transparent.

Soldera, however, is about more than just grapes, though. And that's part of the point. This is a veritable flora-and-fauna wonderland - an entire ecosystem meant to reflect nature in perfect balance... eccentric, but still: the organic cultivation and pervading, deep respect for the land can't help but contribute to the quality of the wines.

In terms of vinification, the wines see only native yeasts, non-temperature controlled fermentation, and no fining or filtering before they're aged for at least five years in large Slavonian casks prior to release. It's obvious that this is a labor of love.

If you want to talk about quality and winemakers who pursue it fanatically, Soldera must be near the top of the list. And, as "real" Brunello comes back from its identity crisis, Soldera is uniquely positioned as one of the staunch traditionalists of Montalcino.

Admittedly, the pricing on these is decidedly not in the everyday category. These are special bottles, but they are well worth the indulgence if you've never had the experience. And again, for the collectors who have this on their short list, we urge you to give us your maximum order while pricing is this sharp; we will make allocations if necessary.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2004 Soldera Case Basse
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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