Taste the Brunello and “your eyes will roll back in your head”.

Herewith a review of our 2007 Brunello di Montalcino by the Houston Chronicle wine writer Dale Robertson (30 October 2013, Houston, Texas): Tenuta Il Poggione 2007 Brunello di Montalcino My long-ago "aha!" moment for understanding how great Italian wine could be was tasting my first Brunello, which might also have been the first wine from Tuscany I'd seen that didn't come in a straw basket. It wasn't an Il Poggione, but I discovered this great producer soon enough, fortunately. When the fake Brunello scandal hit the region a few years, back, Il Poggione stayed above the fray, a tribute to the winery's quality and integrity. For you Parker-heads, the man gave the '07 a 95… Pair it with a charred fatty-rib-eye and your eyes will roll back in your... Read more >

Ian D’Agata International Wine Cellar Scores And Tasting Notes

Herewith scores and tasting notes from The International Wine Cellar July-August 2013 number: Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli 2007 Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, dark plum, smoky underbrush, spicecake and tobacco, plus a strong component of sweet, nutty oak. Lush, full and sweet, with black fruit, vanilla and licorice flavors dominating. The long finish features big, broad, mouthdusting tannins that coat the front teeth. Given the nature of 2007, this big wine probably won't be as long-lived as some other recent vintages for this estate, whose wines are known for their longevity. But it offers plenty of early appeal for a Riserva and should evolve nicely for another 15 years. 91 points Brunello Di Montalcino 2008 Deep, full ruby. Spicy red cherry, sweet spices and underbrush on the deep nose. Then fleshy and chewy in the mouth, with ripe red and black cherry flavors lifted by quinine, ink and minerals. The tannins are polished, but this wine needs time in bottle to develop a little nuance and complexity. Forget about it in your cellar for another couple of years, then enjoy it for the next 20. 90 (+?)... Read more >

Re-Tasting The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Vigna Paganelli

As we often do, we have recently re-acquired a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Vigna Paganelli on the market and we have tasted it together with a bottle taken from our temperature-controlled warehouse where we store the bottles before they are sold. The opening of the bottle a few hours before tasting in part made the aromas open and emerge from the glass: hints of leather, asphalt, licorice, menthol, and dark fruit. In hte mouth, a sweetness and a richness of fruit well integrated with hints of French wood and an excellent acidity that supports and gives structure to the wine. This is really a very great vintage that we will re-taste and enjoy, who knows?, fifty years from now. These controls serve the guarantee the quality of the wines that we sell and that often reamin in the cellars of our clients for many, many... Read more >

The Vin Santo

At the Tenuta Il Poggione, owned by the Franceschi Family, very year is renewed the ritual of opening the "caratelli" (specially shaped barrels) of Vin Santo. This year was the time of the 2003 harvest. The origins of the Vin Santo are lost in the night of all times, between legend and reality. Every year, at the end of september, the Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes are harvested. The bunches that are the least dense and the most ripe are placed to dry on straw mats. After a soft pressing, the must begins its slow and very long natural alcoholic fermentation with the help of the "mother", a special indigenous yeast that has formed itself in the years by the autoselection of the cells of yeasts of which it is composed and which remains always on the bottom of the caratello after every emptying. On this "mother" is place the new must to ferment, taking the heat and the cold of the seasons which allow it to mature without the hand of man intervening in any way. A long aging that has begun in january 2004 and has lasted until january 2012, consuming 70% of the initial liquid placed to age in the small... Read more >

Tasting Old Vintage of the Rosso di Montalcino by the Tenuta del Poggione

A few weeks ago, we have tasted some great old vintages of Rosso di Montalcino as we prepare for a tasting that we will do soon. The beauty of working for a historical estate like the Tenuta Il Poggione is that of being able to count on an archive of bottles conswerved in the best possible ways and to be able to taste them and to appreciate the longevity and the class of the Sangiovese even in a wine like Rosso di Montalcino.  Tasting different vintages side-by-side permits us to see how the style of the estate has remained unaltered in time, in the name of the tradition and the quality. It was also interesting to taste the vintage 1982 which, besides being the year of my birth, is the year in which this wine has changed its name from Vino Rosso dai Vigneti di Brunello to Rosso di Montlacino, to then become DOC a year later, in the 1983.... Read more >