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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 1999
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 1999
(search item no. 76749)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
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
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A wine with plenty of ripe fruit, earth and tobacco character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a raisiny, spicy aftertaste."
-Wine Spectator

The 1980 Brunello di Montalcino was the first wine in Italy to obtain the D.O.C.G. appellation (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita - controlled and guaranteed from the origin). The D.O.C.G. is the most prestigious classification of wine in Italy. As a result, only specialized and authorized vineyards can produce Brunello di Montalcino and a series of rules regarding production must be observed.

Four years of total aging are required for Brunello. For more than a century Brunello was aged three of these four years in wood, but as from the 1995 vintage this requirement was reduced to two years. Nevertheless, at Poggio Antico we continue to respect the traditional method for our classic Brunello, keeping it three years in large oak barrels.

Brunello must be produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes and a minimum of 12.5% alcohol by volume is required. Total acidity cannot be lower than five parts per thousand. At Poggio Antico the alcohol content, total acidity, and dry extract always reach optimum levels, thanks to low yields and the favorable geographical position of its vineyards.

Poggio Antico's Brunello di Montalcino is typically deep and intense ruby red in color. The bouquet is well developed and persistent, and increases in intensity with further bottle aging. It has a very clean nose, with hints of blackberry and licorice. In the mouth it is rounded and concentrated, with great vitality, yet elegant and harmonious, thanks to the particularly sweet tannins. It has a very long finish and ages gracefully under proper conditions.

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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.