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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
(search item no. 115551)
James Suckling rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $199.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Extremely dark and concentrated. Open, very persistent and clean with wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries, coffee, spices and vanilla. Rich, powerful, extremely concentrated yet elegant and velvety. The silky and ripe tannins make it particularly smooth to the palate. Loads of plum, dark cherry and licorice and a very very long finish. A wine that will keep and further improve for many years.
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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.