Opera Wine invitees announced…

Today the journalist Luciano Ferraro announced in Italy’s major national newspaper “Corriere della Sera” the wineries that have been selected by Wine Spectator to take part to Opera Wine. And Il Poggione is one of them – we will be pouring the Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Riserva Vigna Paganelli. This is an event that will take part the day before Vinitaly where about 100 Italian wineries (104 this year), selected by Wine Spectator will pour an older wine rated 90+ by Wine Spectator. It is an invitation-only event also for the guests, all of whom are collectors, wine lovers and trade customers. It is a great honor for us to have been selected by Wine Spectator’s editorial team and we are looking forward to Opera Wine 2017. photo: Alessandro and Fabrizio Bindocci at Opera Wine... Read more >

Suckling deems 2012 a “Rockstar Vintage”

James Suckling’s recently released 2012 Brunello di Montalcino report lauds the region’s “beautiful aromas, vibrant fruit, lively acidity, and ultra-fine tannins.”  He compares 2012 to the legendary 2010, though believes its closest match are the “2004s, a harmonious and gorgeous year for Brunellos.” Suckling’s report includes a stunning review for Il Poggione, awarding our Brunello a 93 pt score with the following tasting notes: “Walnuts and cedar with plums and hints of milk chocolate. Always subtle. Medium body, a solid core of fruit and medium-chewy tannins. Center palate of cherry fruit. Give it a year or two to soften.”   2012 will release from our winery in early February- more to... Read more >

Harvest Celebration 2016

Yesterday, we celebrated the Benfinita della vendemmia, a traditional ceremony to mark the end of the harvest. As we have done in past years, we organized a lunch with all the Il Poggione workers and employees in the cellar. We toasted with our Rosè and started a long lunch prepared by some of our workers, including a bruschetta made with the newly pressed olive oil and  delicious spit-roasted chickens. Our proprietor Leopoldo Franceschi gave a gold medal to our employees who have worked with us for 20 years, to thank them for their continuous support and dedication. This year’s recipients were Elisabetta Vincelli, qho works both in the cellar preparing orders and shipments and in the vineyards, and Simone Simi, our mechanic. Unlike most wineries, all of our workers are employed throughout the full year; we do not hire temporary workers during harvest.  This commitment ensures that we have many workers who remain with Il Poggione for decades and contribute their invaluable experience to the work in the vineyards and winery. It is our privilege to celebrate them and another harvest-... 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