Source: March 2023 Week 1, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 9th Mar 2023 (RP-94)
The Il Poggione 2018 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and savory character with more fruit weight and concentration than you might find in many of its peers. This wine shows a dense center of gravity that is padded with dark cherry, blackberry, toasted spice, mahogany smoked meat and tilled earth. Despite the robust aromas, this Sangiovese is actually quite streamlined and polished in texture. The tannins are soft and veering toward accessibility. This is an ambitious production of 200,000 bottles. The estate’s Riserva Vigna Paganelli was not made in 2018, so fruit from that wine went here instead.
Drink Date 2024 – 2040
Brunello is the prince of Montalcino wines, produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes picked by hand from the oldest vines in the farm. After a careful fermentation at controlled temperature, Tenuta Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino is aged in French oak barrels. After being aged in wood, the wine is bottle aged: this is an essential process in guaranteeing the pleasantness and the complexity that have made the Brunello di Montalcino world-famous.
Wine: Brunello di Montalcino
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Source: The winery’s oldest vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 – 1475 ft) above sea level.
Vine training system: Cordon spur and “doppio capovolto”.
Harvest: By hand
Vinification: “Submerged cap” fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature 25/28 C (77/82 F). Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.
Aging: Long aging in French oak barrels followed by bottle aging.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, with a very intense, persistent nose and with red fruit notes. Warm, balanced flavour with velvet-smooth tannins. Long-lasting aroma.
Food Pairings: Red meats, game, mature cheeses.