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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 1997
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 1997
(search item no. 52059)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $50.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Brunello di Montalcino is produced exclusively from grapes of Poggio Anticos own vineyards in Montalcino, Tuscany. The soil there is calcareous, rich in clay and particularly suited to growing full-bodied wines which are known around the world for their quality. Four years of aging in Slavonian oak barrels give complexity and depth to this wine, making it a natural companion to fine foods. Because of its extraordinary balance, it will continue to age gracefully.
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About Poggio Antico:

Paola Gloder has one of Montalcino's most elevated estates, with vineyards averaging 1476 feet above sea level, southwest of the famed medieval citadel. Both the unique location and altitude privilege the wines of Poggio Antico. The lower hillside terroir south of Montalcino is conducive to powerful and opulent Brunellos. This, combined with the estate's vineyard elevations -- which enjoy favorable overnight drops in temperature -- bring increased finesse and intense bouquet.

The young and tireless owner has been firmly at the helm of Poggio Antico almost since its inception, when her father purchased 50 clayey, calcareous acres of Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, in 1984. Paola's husband, Alberto Montefiori, joined her in this task in 1998. In their forceful hands, the estate has seen a phenomenal growth, going from 50 to the present 80 acres under vine, developing two parallel Brunello worlds – the more traditional, larger-barrel Brunello, aged longer in Slavonian oak and the modern, finesse-driven Altero, aged in tonneaux of French oak; securing a stellar position in the global market and extending and upgrading the facility to ultrahigh-tech standards.