Ideal August Weather

The weather has been really nice during these early days of August. The days are warm, with temperatures up to 33 °C (91.4 F) and cool nights when the temperature goes down to 19°C (66.2 F). Veraison is continuing quickly – every time we walk by a vineyard, the grape bunches are always more colored. Today is the last day of work for our workers in the vineyards: many of our workers are already on holiday and they will start again on August 18. During this time we will continue to come every day to check the vineyards and the aging wines in the... Read more >

Rain helps moderate the heat

Yesterday Montalcino, as well as other areas in Tuscany and Italy, were hit by bad weather that brought some rain. At Il Poggione, 12 millimetres of rain fell and together with the more abundant rain of other areas, relieved the high temperatures by a couple of degrees (from 33°C / 91°F of Sunday to the 31°C / 8°F of today, as shown in the photo). While slight, this decrease give us a little bit of much appreciated relief from the heat. Meanwhile, in the vineyards, veraison keeps going... Read more >

Veraison and Green Harvest

The thunderstorms that have been bringing heavy showers in the Tuscan hinterlands in the last days have passed through leaving us almost unharmed: a few millimeters of rain have fallen without any damage for the vineyards or for the ripening of the grapes. Veraison proceeds quickly and day after day there are more and more bunches changing their color.. Meanwhile, through thinning we started to relieve the vines that had a larger quantity of grapes, compared to our standards. Thinning is a precision job that our workers are doing to bring grapes to ripening in the best possible way. We keep saying that, fingers crossed, there are the conditions for 2016 to be a great... Read more >

Wine Ratings

95

Brunello di Montalcino 2011

95 points
“Il Poggione has done a terrific job with its 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. The wine is soft, yielding and charged with a velvety and smooth texture. It is deeply redolent of dark berry, black cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. Thew ine’s sunny personality never feels flat or too dense. In fact, the wine offers a very tight and steely backbone that gives the wine stature and strength. This is one of my favorite Brunellos from the 2011 vintage.
– Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

98

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2010

98+ points
“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a phenomenal achievement and a wine that captures not only the spirit of this classic vintage, but the true essence of an age-worthy wine like Brunello. This single vineyard Riserva is sharp, pristine and immaculate. It starts slow and shy, butt then blossoms to beautiful intensity and aromatic brilliance. The bouquet is seamless and very long in persistence.”
– Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

91

Brunello di Montalcino 2011

91 points
“A beefy style, evoking plum, leather, tobacco and earth flavors, backed by dense, dusty tannins. Starts out juicy before the gruff finish takes over. Fresh and long.”
– Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

90

Rosso di Montalcino 2013

91 points
“Bright red cherries, stone fruits, smoke and tobacco are some of the notes that jump from the glass in the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino. In this vintage, the Rosso is bright, floral and medium in body, all of which make it extremely versatile. This is another fabulous Rosso from Il Poggione.
– Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate