2004 Agostina Pieri, Brunello di Montalcino (RT94+) This has proven to be an outstanding Brunello showing the class and rigor of a consistent producer who makes delicious Brunello in good and bad vintages. In this case the vintage is benchmark, a top of class year. It shows a relatively deep hue with alluring translucence. I let this SO in the cellar all day before pouring the first glass and served it directly from the bottle due to its low sediment. At age 14 the bouquet is developing generously showing tertiary notes of ripe red fruits, Tuscan underbrush, spice, tobacco and herbs. The palate is seamless and pure displaying a roundness that makes it downright delicious. Showing a level of freshness, balanced acidity and tannin integration, this is a delightful Brunello. There may be some upside to a few more years of cellaring, but it won’t have a remarkable impact as this is now in its peak drinking window. Drink now – 2029+ The 2004 is not currently available in the market, but you can find the most current vintages – 2012, 2013 & 2014 – in the mid-$40s to mid-$50s and given the increasing price of Brunello, this makes it a Hot Pick, a stunning QPR!