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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Ruby red with garnet undertones. Very intense, persistent nose of red fruits, marasca cherries, leather, spices and light notes of vanilla. A structured and full-bodied wine with velvety tannins. Shows an excellent freshness that balances the alcohol naturally present. Very long pleasant persistence and great aging potential.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a model of weightless finesse. Elegant and refined throughout, the wine offers up dark wild cherries, minerals, menthol and spices. The 2005 naturally lacks the sheer stuffing and richness of the finest years, but it has just enough density to balance the tannins nicely all the way through to the round, enveloping finish. I was a little surprised Il Poggione has decided to bottle a Riserva in 2005 as the addition of that juice would have almost certainly strengthened this wine, perhaps considerably. That said, this is another of the 2005 Brunellos that has come along beautifully in bottle over the last few months. The 2005 is a terrific Brunello to drink while some of the more important vintages like the 2004 mature in the cellar. In 2005 the harvest began on the 20th of September and finished on the 10th of October. Production was down roughly 25% in 2005 because of the challenging weather that year. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
The folks at Il Poggione have produced a fine Brunello with the intensity and aromas you should expect from this four-star vintage. You'll get aromas of cherrywood, cola, wild berries and sour plum. There's a fresh, lean nature to the mouthfeel and a touch of bitter fruit on the close.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
This has a lovely nose of dried dark fruits, with flowers and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a serious amount of subdued fruit. Long and stylish. Chewy. Needs a little time in the bottle to come together. Best after 2012. 11,665 cases made.
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Il Poggione

Il Poggione

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Il Poggione, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Tenuta Il Poggione was founded at the end of 1800 when Lavinio Franceschi, land owner from Florence, decided to visit the area after hearing the stories from a shepherd, who brought his herds around Montalcino during the winter. He fell in love with the landscape and the people who lived in that area, and decided to buy land and establish a grape farm. More than a century later, Tenuta Il Poggione covers an area of 530 hectares (1300 acres), of which 140 hectares (336 acres) are planted with vines and 50 hectares (120 acres) with olive trees; the rest are dedicated to grain fields, forest and livestock.

The estate’s guiding principle is to pay great care to the vines, because the secret of producing great red wines lies in the high-quality vineyard work. The vineyards are at an altitude between 490 – 1475 feet above sea level: this large gap, together with the age of the vineyards, promotes easy harvest to obtain well-structured wines with long aging potential, regardless of the weather conditions. One of the most highly regarded wineries in all of Tuscany, Tenuta Il Poggione makes incredibly powerful wines for collectors and everyday drinkers alike.

Montalcino

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Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence, and has a warmer and drier climate than Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is responsible for both Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti but Montalcino has its own clone, which the locals call Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village, which fan out at various elevations. The variations of elevation and soils create Brunellos of different styles. From the valleys with deeper deposits of clay, the wines are typically bolder and deeper in color with more opulent black fruit. These wines tend to take better to aging in some percentage of new French oak barrels. The hillside wines and vineyards at higher elevations produce wines more concentrated in red fruits and floral aromas. These sites reach up to over 1,600 feet and have shallow soils of rocks and shale. These, in general, may be aged in larger and more traditional oak casks

Brunello di Montalcino by law must be aged a minimum of four years, including two years in barrel before realease and once released, typically needs more time in bottle for its drinking potential to be fully reached. The good news is that Montalcino makes a “baby brother” version. The wines called Rosso di Montalcino are often made from younger vines, aged for about a year before release, offer extraordinary values and are ready to drink young.

Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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