Incredibly deep and dense ruby red with light garnet hues the Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is inviting and very complex, with an almost balsamic character. The varietal strength of the Brunello expresses itself at the best, framed by the noble oak and the beginning tertiary process. A unique combination of power and elegance. Structure with important but delicate tannins, with a polished fullness that doesn't overwhelm. It leaves the palate impressed by a myriad of small and pleasant sensations.
"Medium ruby, with a garnet edge. Aromas of dried flowers, raspberry and cherry. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and focused fruit. Racy style. Lots of fruit, yet closed and reserved still. Needs more time.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2009."
"Medium-deep red with an amber rim. Surprisingly refined nose combines red cherry, mango, violet, vanilla and dried rose; fresher and more nuanced than most 1997 Brunellos. Then densely packed and still youthful on the palate, with a silky texture and early appeal to its intense sour red cherry, tar, herb, cinnamon and sandalwood flavors. Carries through nicely onto the rising, palate-dusting finish. I would strongly recommend drinking this from magnum. Poggio al Vento is one of the best Brunellos from 1997, a tragically overrated vintage; unlike most wines from this vintage, it's more graceful than powerful. There wasn't much of this wine made in 1997 (the production was roughly 24 hectoliters per hectare) because of a freak early-season freeze that hit the highest part of the hill where the Poggio al Vento vines are located. Aged 53 months in large oak cask."
International Wine Cellar
"The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento impresses for its symmetrical, sensual personality. Powerful yet seamless tannins support layers of dark, sensual fruit in this textured, round Brunello. The wine's richness and depth are pure pleasure. There is more than enough structure for the 1997 to continue to drink well for a number of years"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni