Avoiding the frost & reviving the vines

Yesterday afternoon the sky darkened and it began to rain. The wind blew away the rain and only 11 millimeters (1/2 inch) fell. The wind blew all night which was incredibly useful because the sudden drop of temperatures, this morning it was around 3°C (37.4°F) , meant that the vines avoided frost and all of the frost-related damages. This perturbation should last until Friday and we hope that the lows will not surprise us like in 1997. The photos below provide evidence of the cuts of vines affected by Mal dell’Esca (Esca disease). In the first photo (left), the cut was made in September 2016 and the vine  already a new bud. As you can see from the second photo, after a year we have a “new” vine that will produce fruits. If one would read the text books on viticulture, they would say that these cuts we are making are wrong, but our 20 years of expertise tells something different.  By doing so we obtain the results we expect; from an ill vine that is not producing fruit, to a new and healthy vine that will produce good fruit for a certain number of...

Rain is increasing the water reserves for summer

Yesterday in Montalcino we had a little bit of rain as the vines continued growing. Last night at around 6 p.m., it started to rain. The rain kept falling lightly for a couple of hours; we had 12 millimetres (1/2 inch) of rain in total. The rain is important in order to increase the water reserves for the summer; we are waiting patiently as we are expecting some rain tonight as well. Due to yesterday’s rain the temperature today decreased slightly, compared to the last several days.  The low this morning was 7°C and the high today reached 18.5°C....

In Verona? Visit Il Poggione in Vinitaly

Every year, Il Poggione participates in Vinitaly, in Verona, from Sunday April 9 to Wednesday April 12. Come to visit us and taste the new vintages, we are in Hall 9 Booth A3. For more information and to purchase tickets please go to...

After the rain, a ladybug sits on the vine

Last weekend we had a little bit of rain (5/6 mm) and it snowed on Mount Amiata. This led to a drop of temperatures that, in the morning, reached 3-4°C (37-38F); this poses a risk to the vines because, as shown in the photo, the vines have already sprouted.  Frost at this time could be detrimental. However, according to the forecasts, the temperature should drop in the upcoming days. Similar to last year, the vegetative awakening of the vines was early, due to the mild temperatures. At the moment we would need some rain; however, rain is not expected in the next couple of days.  Perhaps it will rain over the weekend. As we try to manage the work in the vineyards in the most environmentally respectful way, we often happen to find useful insects on the vines such as this ladybug....

92 points for Riserva Vigna Paganelli

Our Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Riserva Vigna Paganelli has just been scored by the British magazine “The World of Fine Wine” by Nicolas Belfrage MW, Stephen Brook and Andrew Jefford.  Our Riserva received an average of 92 points, making it one of the top 10 wines in its tasting. While we are thrilled to receive such an outstanding score, we no longer have this wine available.  We hope that our customers who still have it in their cellar will enjoy it! First taster: Nicolas Belfrage MW Score: 92 Note: Medium deep, with youthful rim. Fruit and herb dominate the nose, not strong but very characteristic. Tight wine, enters like a manystranded cable and only begins to unwind toward the finish. Tannic, with good firm acidity and plenty of cherry and strawberry fruit. Chocolate and coffee on finish, has length and will develop well. Drink from 2018 Second taster: Stephen Brook Score: 89 Note: Opaque red. Voluptuous oaky nose, black fruits, blackberries and cassis rather than cherries. Broad, lush, and rounded, a full-bodied style with ripe tannins and impressive concentration. It’s chewy and formidable, a bit extracted and chocolatey, but it has good density and weight of fruit. It’s already approachable, though will be better in a few years once the tannins have integrated further. A modern style, but with grip and persistence. Third taster: Andrew Jefford Score: 94 Note: Saturated deep black-red. Very classical, very attractive and amply forthcoming aromas of glowing red fruit, oak copse and crushed dry acorn, and fine supple leather. Pristine and spotless: a grand aromatic profile, and just what you hope for when you...