Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy 2010

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy 2010

47.50

Beautiful aromas of ripe red and black cherries, cassis, plum with some smoke and vanilla on the nose. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. 

One of the best Brunello's made in 2010, an excellent vintage. It is strong and mascular. Needs some time to breathe, at least couple of hours decanting before drinking.

Highly rated to drink or keep for decades.

Drink now, will be better in 5 years - 2030

Robert Parker-Wine Advocate: The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. There's so much happening on the nose and the wine brings you to cherry, spice, licorice, cured meat, pressed rose and grilled meat in equal measure. No one element overpowers the next. The mouthfeel is also tight and bright with the kind of fruit intensity that promises long cellar aging. This Brunello is only at the beginning of a long road ahead. The longer the wine stays in the glass, the more it offers in terms of complexity and intensity. This is a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead. 98/100 points

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015, Silver Medal

 

Tenuta Il Poggione is an estate in the Montalcino DOCG appellation of Tuscany, particularly known for its rich, dense Brunello wines balancing ripe fruit, savoury elements and a classic structure. They are considered to be some of the greatest wines produced in Italy.

The estate covers 125ha planted to vines. A new winery was built in 2004, but winemaking is a mix of modernity and tradition with a focus on larger French oak barrels aged in underground cellars. The standard Brunello is aged for three years in French oak barrels of 300-500 liters. 
The estate was founded in the late 19th Century by Lavinio Franceschi, land owner from Florence, decided to visit the area after hearing the stories from a shepherd, who brought his herds around Montalcino during the winter. He fell so much in love with the landscape and the people who lived in that area that he decided to buy land and establish a farm.

 

Brunello di Montalcino, located in Tuscany, is one of Italy's most famous and prestigious wines.

The first recordings of red wines from Montalcino date back to the early 14th century and gained a reputation as one of Italy’s finest by the end of World War II. 

Traditional Brunello di Montalcino winemaking methods involve aging the wine for a long time in large oak vats, which results in particularly complex wines, although some consider this style too tannic and dry. Modernists set the ball rolling for a 'fruitier' style in the 1980s, when they began to shorten the barrel-maturation time and use smaller barriques (225 liters French oak barrels).

In keeping with the regulations of Brunello's DOCG classification, the vineyards must be planted on hills with good exposures at altitudes not surpassing 600m above sea level. This limit is intended to ensure the grapes reach optimal ripeness and flavor before being harvested despite the climate in Montalcino is one of the warmest and driest in Tuscany. 

Brunello must be made from 100% Sangiovese and aged for at least four years (five for riserva wines). Two of these years must be spent in oak, and the wine must be bottled at least four months prior to commercial release. The elegant, age-worthy wine which results from these strict laws is known for its brilliant garnet hue and its bouquet of berries with underlying vanilla and spice. A hint of earthiness brings balance to the finest examples.

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