2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva “Vigna Paganelli” … One of the best wines in Italy

At the Best Italian Wine Award last week, our 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva “Vigna Paganelli” was awarded n.34 of the 50 best Italian wines of 2016!  Luca Gardini (in the photo with Fabrizio Bindocci), World Best Sommelier in 2010, as well as a jury that includes Tim Atkin MW and Christy Canterbury MW as well as the Italian wine crtitic Daniele Cernilli, tasted many different Italian wines before selecting the top 50. Another important achievement for Il Poggione! Thanks to Luca Gardini and all the members of the... Read more >

Guess which wine is a “Must Drink” this fall?

In Bloomberg.com’s roundup, the country’s best Sommeliers shared their “20 Must Drink wines” for this fall.  We are honored Charlie Bird’s Robert Bohr selected Il Poggione’s Brunello 2011 as his pick. As Robert notes: “When the weather gets cooler, and I eat more hearty pasta ragus and braised meats, the wines I drink get a little richer, too. Brunello from Il Poggione always delivers. It’s an elegant, classically styled Tuscan red with bright red fruit, sexy, earthy aromas, and firm but smooth tannins. It’s a sure bet and also good value in a touristy region of Italy, where it’s easy to make some wine mistakes.” In honor of his suggestion, here is one of our favorite fall recipes: Picci Pasta.... Read more >

Gem from the Cellar

Sometimes it happens to find, in our cellar, small gems as the one in the photo. It is a bottle of “Red wine from Brunello vineyards” vintage 1974, with a very particular label, very hard (or almost impossible) to find nowadays. It was an excellent surprise also because, despite the age, the wine was still alive. Notes: Lighter in color, with the red notes fading towards a very light red/garnet at the rim. On the nose, there were light floral notes, leather and still some hints of dry red fruits. On the palate we were impressed to still find some freshness and some fruit, though very light and... Read more >