Sandro Chia, as I mentioned last September is an artist turned Brunello producer.  His somewhat abstract paintings are reproduced for his labels and each year they change. 
We recently re-visited the Castello di Romitorio Brunello and I’m happy to say that after a year in the cellar, it’s still drinking very nicely.  The 2004’s are coming around and will provide wonderful enjoyment while the 2006’s cellar.

The 2004 Romitorio is dark crimson in the glass and displays a generous nose of crushed red fruits, with tobacco, and asian spices that I almost want to call curry.  In the mouth, the wine is medium to full bodied and very elegant, very feminine. Flavors follow the nose, minus the curry vibe.  It’s somewhat chewy, but easily drinkable at this stage and paired very well with a grilled pork chop “paillard”.  Balanced and delicious, it will drink well for the next 3-6 years.  92 points, about $45. 

2004 Castello di Romitiori Brunello di Montalcino

Nonna’s Porkchop Paillard with Mushrooms, Potatoes & Cherry Peppers

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