This year the highlights at La Poderina are without question the Brunellos."
La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Bright, dark red. Spicy red berries, cherry and a flinty nuance on the nose. Then silky, supple and sweet with chewy black and red cherry flavors. Not especially fleshy but offers an attractive restrained sweetness and finishes with rather soft tannins and good length. Perfect for sirloin steak, grilled, roasted or stewed red meats.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the undeniable successes of the vintage. Dark cherries, violets, tar and licorice are just some of the nuances that emerge from this plush, fruit-driven Brunello. The wine remains wonderfully soft and generous all the way through to an enveloping finish that invites a second taste. The freshness here makes me think the wine will develop nicely in bottle. This is wonderful juice! La Poderina ages their Brunello in cask (60%) and French oak (40%) for the first year, followed by a second year done entirely in cask followed by 18 months in bottle. Readers can also look forward to a 2005 Riserva Poggio Banale that has already been bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Wine Spectator - "Shows intense aromas of tangerine peel and blueberry. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, racy finish. Still fresh and reserved. Best after 2011. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This ruby-colored Brunello offer a distinct mineral accent that is surrounded by fruity tones of wild berries, cassis and cherry cola. There's also a meaty or smoky quality here that gives the wine more heft and determination in the mouth. Drink it with grilled sausage."
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La Poderina Winery
La Poderina is located in Montalcino, acquired by Saiagricola in 1988 and has been the "dependance" in Montalcino of the group. With 20 hectares of vineyard, situated in the southwest part of Montalcino, it is found in a perhaps little known position but certainly one of the most valid of the entire zone. Production is centered on the renewal of the enological style of Brunello, a famous red wine, but sometimes a bit too much repressed by traditional methods, which are in certain ways obsolete.
The wines of La Poderina, on the other hand, undergo an ageing process in little barrels for years, barriques of French rovere next to large casks, but overall in the vineyard systems of highly qualitative cultivation are adapted, that nothing gives into the quantity of the production for vine stock, with surrender that amply maintain under 8 ton (200 pounds) per acre according to the regulations. Difficult decisions, without a doubt, but also the only possibility if you want to follow with coherence the objective of the maximum possible quality. A tough commitment given the international prestige that a wine like Brunello di Montalcino possesses and in particular that of the sub zone of Castelnouvo dell'Albate, that stands out for its elegance and equilibrium.
It is in this light that the wine making research that the technical staff of La Poderina have been carrying out for 10 years, has to be considered. Emphasizing as much as possible the typical characteristics, not only of Brunello or Rosso but also of the specific area in question. The achievements are greatly encouraging and open an opportunity for new interpretation of a great wine with Tuscan and Italian traditions like Brunello di Montalcino. View all La Poderina Wines
About Tuscany(TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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3 ratings, 3 with reviews59/3/2012Light but give it time and it surprises like a gentle flower opening to the sun.Shoegirl23 - Alexandria, VA58/26/2012
Excellent Brunello! Wish there was an endless supply at this fabulous price!57/4/2012
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Fantastic wine. Wish I were flush enough to buy more at the sale price of $35.Related ProductsBrunello di Montalcino Casanova di Neri is characterized simply by its white label, to the point where it has now ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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