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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2005
(search item no. 104863)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $47.97

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
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As of the 1995 vintage, the minimum requirement for aging in wood according to DOCG regulations was reduced to 2 years (total aging was left unchanged at 4 years). Nevertheless, Poggio Antico decided to maintain the traditional method for their "classic" Brunello, keeping the wine in new, large barrels of Slavonian oak for 3 years, followed by at least 12 months in the bottle. The result is a lush, complex wine that will show its richness to advantage in time.
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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.