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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
(search item no. 104862)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $139.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From 100% Sangiovese grown in soil with Eocene origins, rich in clay, which ensures perfect drainage. Fermentation occurs in 80-hectoliter stainless steel tanks which have a removable lid so the punch-down system is used, instead of the pump-over procedure, in order to achieve a better and gentler extraction, avoiding the use of pumps. Aged 64 months in total, of which 42 month are in wood. The Riserva refines the first 12 months in new French 500-liter oak tonneaux and then another 30 months in the traditional Slavonian oak barrels (capacity 37-55.00 hl.). The wine is bottle aged for at least 18 months before release. Big, firm, warm and very well structured, with loads of ripe fruit. Dense, yet silky and smooth, greatly balanced and with an extremely long finish.
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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.