PV Tasting Notes
The 2004 Il Marroneto Brunello is a richly warm and joyful wine, densely coloured with generous aromatics of red and black fruit, minerals and spring blossom. In the mouth, the richness coats the palate, fruit driven but plenty of ripe silky tannins which support the framework, closing with tobacco leaf, underbrush notes and lovely high notes, this is a wine of notable purity, focus and depth, you can enjoy this now, and I think there’s still some evolution remaining. To my mind, this is fresher than the Madonna and much more forward, decidedly the wine to drink whilst you’re waiting for the spectacular bigger brother to come round.Independent Review
92 points Jame Suckling, Wine Spectator; Dec 2009
Has freshly cut wood, with black cherries and berries on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, polished tannins, but also lots of berry and cedar flavors. Needs time. Best from 2011 through 2016. 1,400 cases made.
92 points Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
Il Marroneto’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a rich, enveloping wine that flows onto the palate with generous dark red fruit. This is an especially harmonious, caressing Brunello that offers exceptional balance in an approachable style. Sweet floral notes develop on the close, adding to the wine’s complexity and sheer appeal. The wine continued to open up nicely in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
In recent years Il Marroneto and proprietor Alessandro Mori have turned out very strong wines, as is the case again in 2004. These big, cask-aged Brunellos offers tons of style and sheer pedigree.
We would suggest matching this with the finest Italian foods, herb stuffed veal wrapped in Prosciutto, venison braised in cherries, saltimbocca alla romana, most Italian sausages, or pork sausages with lots of herbs, and of course many styles of pasta.
The Marroneto farm was purchased in 1974 by Giuseppe Mori, father of current owner Alessandro, as a child Alessandro immediately showed great interest in winemaking, which began in two small rooms, the only ones which were available at the time. Following these small tentative steps, the basement was enlarged, both sons trained to become lawyers, but Alessandro was totally enraptured by the winemaking process and the philosophy behind it, decided to follow his passion and gave up the law to become full time winemaker.
Today ‘Alessandro works in the traditional way, both farming and winemaking biodynamically, treating his wines like spoilt children, giving constant love and care, watching slowing as the wines develop over four years in barrel. Alessandro clearly has a deep passion for Sangiovese, and wants his Brunello’s to express the true fruit with all of its perfumes, delicacy and elegance.
All Il Marroneto wines are created in the traditional way, which leads to wines deep in elegance and rich in aromas. After more than 30 years of winemaking the Il Marroneto estate is considered one of the ten most important and famous historical di Montalcino (Siena).