Source: Interim End of January 2017, The Wine Advocate, Issue Date: 1st Feb 2017, (RP-93)
This is the first vintage made with the help of consulting enologist Luca D’Attoma. The 2012 Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente Riserva shows signs of the warm vintage. The quality of fruit is ripe, succulent and sweet, but the mouthfeel is slightly shorter and a tiny degree thinner. In fact, this wine reminds me very much of Brunello di Montalcino from the same vintage. That is no coincidence. In fact, Poggio Valente is a valiant red wine from Coastal Tuscany that rivals the best of Montalcino in terms of quality and philosophy. One of Luca’s big changes at the winery is that he is moving the wines gradually over to bigger oak containers. He finds that the larger containers add more depth and nuance, especially with a grape like Sangiovese. This vintage shows dark fruit with balsam herb, exotic spice, cola and grilled rosemary.
Drink Date: 2017 – 2027