The Riserva is made in limited quantities, only in the best vintage years, from Sangiovese grapes harvested by hand in the winery's oldest vineyard, I Paganelli. This vineyard is now 36 years old and especially suited to the production of top quality grapes, thanks to the natural features of the soil and the favourable microclimate. The Riserva is aged for 36 months in French Allier oak barrels, and continues to mature for another 12 months in the bottles before it is placed on the market, five years after the harvest. This wine's huge impact begins with the bright ruby red color; it is stylish on the nose with fruity, floral notes enfolded in sweet spice. The flavor is lingering and balanced with a long, seductive finish. A very classy wine which will improve with time.
"Il Poggione produced two superb Brunellos in 2001. Their 2001 Brunello was outstanding and the 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is even better. It is made in a rich, attention-grabbing style. Constantly changing in the glass, it offers an exciting array of dark cherries, violets, tar, tobacco, new leather, earthiness and smoke. This powerful Brunello possesses awesome length and superb harmony. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026."
"Moderately deep ruby. Perfumed aromas of spicy cherry, licorice and ink are tinged with notes of orange zest, pipe tobacco and menthol, the latter a bit dominating at present. Boasts impressive depth and power, with extremely pure, deep and complex flavors of red cherry, spicy plum and grilled meat that show energy and vibrancy on the palate. The very long finish displays seductive floral tones. This put on considerable weight in the glass, but will need at least several years of bottle aging to shake off its menthol accent and gain more volume. A real iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove, with extremely fine tannins and uncommon grace."
-International Wine Cellar
"Loads of blackberry, licorice and toasty oak on the nose. Full-bodied, round and rich, with wonderful fruit, light vanilla character and a long finish. Excellent, with lots of everything."
"2001 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2001 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva I Paganelli (14.9% alcohol; 5.93 g/l total acidity, 32.1 g/l dry extract): Deep red-ruby. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, violet and marzipan complicated by balsamic and woodsy notes. Very dense but also vibrant and juicy, featuring nicely focused, rich flavors of raspberry, strawberry and licorice. Solid harmonious acidity gives a refreshing quality and impeccable balance to what is essentially a big, broad wine. The complex, very persistent finish shows very silky tannins. One of the best Brunellos of all in 2001, a truly great year for these wines that was characterized by greatly reduced yields due to a late spring frost followed by near-ideal growing conditions thereafter.
International Wine Cellar
"Il Poggione's 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is likely to go down as one of the estate's modern day classics. Like the 1999, it too is made in a full-bodied style, but it offers greater elegance and finesse than its older sibling. There is superb purity to this wine, not to mention an eternal finish framed by silky, ripe tannins. A minimum of a few years of cellaring is called for to allow the French oak to integrate. The vintage saw a rainy winter followed by a freakish April frost which reduced yields in several vineyards. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2031."
The Wine Advocate
"Loads of blackberry, licorice and toasty oak on the nose. Full-bodied, round and rich, with wonderful fruit, light vanilla character and a long finish. Excellent, with lots of everything. Best after 2007. 2,220 cases made."