NEW! Scores from Wine Spectator

Featured in the March 30, 2016 edition of Wine Spectator Insider, the Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 scored 94 points: 94 Points – Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Paganelli Riserva 2010 A dense, powerful version, packed with cherry, plum, herb, earth and underbrush flavors. Vibrant, demonstrating solid grip, this ends with echoes of fruit, earth and tobacco. Best from 2019 through 2032.... Read more >

NEW! Scores from The Wine Advocate

The Wine Advocate, one of the world’s online leading resources for wine ratings, just released the scores for the soon-to-be-released Il Poggione 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. 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. The wine’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. Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Riserva “Vigna Paganelli” – 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, but then blossoms to beautiful intensity and aromatic brilliance. It delivers a very authentic and genuine read of Sangiovese with wild berry aromas followed by pressed violets, wet earth, tobacco and lightly toasted spice. The bouquet is seamless and very long in persistence. The same holds true for the mouthfeel. The wine delivers a fine and silky texture with a good dose of power and personality at the rear. Il Poggione, owned by the Franceschi family, has reached new heights in excellence with the 2010 vintage. The single vineyard Vigna Paganelli Riserva is... Read more >

Recent Reviews from Vinous

The excitment of Benvenuto Brunello is passing, but we are grateful for all the wonderful people sharing their thoughts of Il Poggione wines. Among those reviews are those from Antonio Galloni at Vinous Media. Read on for his individual reviews of our current and upcoming releases.

“Il Poggione shows why it is one of the top estates in Montalcino with these new releases. Both 2014 Rossos and the 2011 Brunello are terrific. Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci describe 2011 as a tough year because of the intense summer heat. There will be no Riserva in 2011, while production of the straight Brunello is around 150,000 bottles, down significantly from 230,000 that were made in 2010. The Brunellos are made with submerged-cap fermentation and spend three years in large French oak, with the Riserva seeing an additional year in cask.” – Antonio Galloni

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Robert Parker/Antonio Galloni Scores: “Il Poggione Brunellos best values in cellar worthy wine”

We are very pleased to share the scores and notes by wine writer Antonio Galloni, who has just published reviews of our wines in The Wine Advocate (June 2013). We are also very happy to report that our Rosso di Montalcino has received a score of 91 points, the best score for a 2011 release. Herewith the scores and notes. Longtime winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci describes 2008 as a challenging year. The winter saw quite a bit of rain. Flowering was normal, but it was followed by a wet July. Like most of their neighbors, Il Poggione suffered the devastating effects of the August 15 hailstorm that took with it 50% of the production. Proprietor Leopoldo Franceschi happened to be at the estate to celebrate the national holiday, but was so traumatized by the events he vowed never again to set foot on his property on August 15th! When Franceschi has more time to reflect on the quality of his wine, he may change his mind. Longtime winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci and his son Alessandro decided not to bottle their Riserva in 2008, so all of the juice went into the straight Brunello bottling, which is easily one of the wines of the vintage. The next Riserva from Il Poggione will be the 2010. As has long been the custom here, the Brunelli are fermented in stainless steel, with natural yeasts. The malos also occur naturally, after which the wines are moved into 33- and 50-hectoliter French oak casks. The Poggione Brunellos, especially the straight bottling, remain among the very best values in cellar worthy wine anywhere in the world. Il... Read more >

Wine Enthusiast Ratings & ProWein Informations

Dear Friends, the first ratings of the year for our wines have just been published by the American magazine Wine Enthusiast. These are the scores: Brunello di Montalcino 2007 Riserva Vigna Paganelli – 95 Points Vigna Paganelli shows amazing results with a bright fruit quality that translates into black cherry and blackberry. At the back are sophisticated tones of leather, tobacco and light touches of spice that give the wine depth and elegance. The most interesting aspect, however, is the mouthfeel that shows firm but beautifully ripe tannins that will help the wine age 10 years or more. Brunello di Montalcino 2008 – 92 Points This Brunello opens with dark concentration, balance and harmony. The spice component versus the fresh fruit works very nicely together, and the wine shows the pulp, consistency and grit to age for more years to come. Plush fruit and smooth tannins leave a lasting impression. I would also like to remind you that we will be at ProWein and we would be happy to meet with you. If you will be present, please send me an email with a date and a time when we could meet. Our booth will be in the Hall 3 – Stand K57 at the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium. —Alessandro... Read more >

International Wine Review Scores And Tasting Notes

Herewith scores and tasting notes from the International Wine Review's Brunello Report (#31) June 2012. Il Poggione Tenuta Il Poggione is a large historic estate located in Sant’Angelo in Colle. It consists of 600 hectares of which 125 are planted in vines for the production of Brunello, Brunello Riserva, and Rosso. The estate is managed by the father and son team of Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci who until recently were supported by the late Pierluigi Talenti, one of Montalcino’s most illustrious enologists. Il Poggione is without a doubt one of Montalcino’s finest producers. It has some of the best managed vineyards in the ap­pellation, and its winemaking is first-class. Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL Il Poggione 2007 Brunello di Montalcino ($45) 94+ The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is a magnificent wine. It has a dark ruby color and aromas of flowers, dark red cher­ries, framboise, and hints of loam. On the palate it boasts ripe and savory red fruit flavors, a velvet mouth feel and firm tannins. The wine is beautifully balanced, elegant and rich in fruit on the finish. A beautiful wine that will age for decades. Il Poggione 2006 Brunello di Montalcino ($45) 94 The 2006 Brunello displays an attractive bouquet of dark red cherry, violets, earth and wood spice. It is layered and complex on the palate with great purity and intensity of flavor. It has firm ripe tannins on the finish. This is a wine of power and elegance made for extended aging. Il Poggione 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli ($95) 95 The 2006 Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a savory powerhouse of... Read more >