Old vines and the 2003 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino

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That is a two-hundred-years-old olive tree on Il Poggione's estate in Sant'Angelo in Colle (Montalcino). Il Poggione has been growing grapes and olive trees for centuries. Many of the vineyards where we source the fruit for our wines were planted nearly 50 years ago and that is why even in a very hot summer like the summer of 2003, our "old vines" have the roots that are able to reach down to the water table and find water. The Brunello di Montalcino DOC does not allow the winemaker to irrigate. Therefore, dry farming is obligatory for all wineries making Brunello di Montalcino. 2003 was a difficult vintage because of the extreme heat but we were able to produce a classic Brunello di Montalcino, with good balance, nonetheless, because our vines, like those in our cru Paganelli, which are more than 40-years-old, were still able to reach the water.

We were very happy to see these recent tasting notes in the Wine & Spirits magazine:

Il Poggione selects its Brunello from vines that are at
least 20 years old, when they've rooted deeply through the subsoil and can
weather the intense heat of a vintage like 2003. This brooding wine is all
muscle when first poured, with powerful tannins supporting rich plum flavor. It
reveals more definition with air, the fruit aspect turning redder
(strawberries, cherries) even as the sinewy tannins maintain their firm
grip.  Classically styled, with immense structure supporting its many
layers, this wine will continue to develop over the next decade.

Even in 2003, thanks to our old vines, we were able to make a classic Brunello, well-balanced, and expressing the typicity of our terroir.

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