Snow falls in Montalcino

At the beginning of last week we got back to the work in the vineyards, where we are now pruning the vines. The end of last year and the beginning of 2017 have been characterized by cold weather and low temperatures: the lows have reached -10°C (14°F) and they have rarely remained above 0°C . And we also had some days of rain. Cold weather and low temperatures are important because they allow the killing of parasites and damaging insects, allowing the vines to rest and so they will be ready to start the new growth cycle. Yesterday morning we woke up with a little bit of snow (photo): it has been snowing a lot in the last days on the nearby Mount Amiata; according to the forecasts the next days will be characterized by stable weather with lows around -3°C (26.6°F) and highs around +4°C... Read more >

Come taste 2012 Brunello!

As we do every year, next week we will be in the US to present the new release 2012 Brunello di Montalcino and 2015 Rosso di Montalcino. The first tasting will take place in New York at the Gotham Hall on January 17 from 1pm to 6pm. The event is strictly open to the trade until 4 pm but, new this year, it will be open to all “Brunello lovers” from 4 pm until 6 pm. Registration for the event can be made here: http://www.ieemusa.com/index.php/registration-88 The very same night we will take part in a charity dinner at Del Posto, pairing their food with the newly released Brunello 2012 from over 30 wineries. The profits from the dinner will go to the relief for the devastating earthquakes that happened in central Italy in 2016. Reservations for the dinner and more information can be found on http://delposto.com/news-events/unveiling-2012-vintage-brunello-di-montalcino/ Two days later, on January 19, we will move to Houston, where, at the Crystal ballroom, we will present our wines from 1pm to 5pm. Just like New York, non-trade Brunello lovers will be able to come to the tasting from 4pm. Registration is on here: http://www.ieemusa.com/index.php/registration-88   We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing our Brunello... 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