It’s been cold here the last few days, very chilly in fact.  A good time for fire pits, football, and a hearty meal.  Over the weekend, I roasted some cornish game hens and figured it was a great time to open an elegant Brunello.  The 2004 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino is just that. 

This wine has shown beautifully since the first time I had it.  It’s never needed decanting, never seemed shut down.  Simply a gorgeous wine and revealing so much.   In the glass, it’s a dark ruby red with violet tones to the rim.  The aroma is rich and complex with scents of crushed fruit, leather, sweet pipe tobacco, turned earth and dried herbs.  On the palate, the wine is full bodied and silky with fine ripe tannins. Flavors combine to reveal crushed red cherries, slight red licorice, tobacco and fresh herbs.  It’s vibrant!  I’ve reported on this before, but this bottle may be the best showing yet.  Perhaps speaks of better things to come if you can cellar it, but it’s so good now.  93 points, and at about $38, a terrrific value.

2004 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino

With the Brunello, we had simple roasted cornish game hens along with homemade stuffing.  The stuffing was inspired by the Estate of Thomas Jefferson, however when the early reviews didn’t seem positive on that recipe, I “Italianized it” for the crowd.  Virginia Ham and Pecans were replaced with Prosciutto and toasted Pignoli nuts.  It turned out very well.  Additionally, we had escarole and beans scented with hot cherry peppers from the garden.  

Roasted Cornish Hen & Contorni


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