Incredible Score Released from International Wine Report

International Wine Report just released the tasting reports for both 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, remarking that Il Poggione “made absolutely stunning wines which were among the very best in 2011.”  Here are the reviews of the current releases of Brunello from Il Poggione: 96 pts – IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino 2011 The 2011 Il Poggione is an absolutely striking Brunello. Elegant and classy with aromas of fresh red fruits, floral, minerals and touch of spice all coming together in the gorgeous wine. This displays remarkable overall balance, depth and focus with a beautiful silky texture and wonderful finesse as it leads up to the long, expansive finish. A simply incredible showing from Il Poggione in 2011. (Best 2018-2032) 97  IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino, Riserva ‘Vigna Paganelli’ 2010 The 2010 Il Poggione ‘Vigna Paganelli’ Brunello Riserva is a striking wine, impressive for its elegance and refined character. As this slowly opens it begins to release alluring aromas of cherries and blackberries along with dried floral, minerals and leather all taking shape in the glass. This sophisticated Brunello displays remarkable overall structure and balance with fine silky tannins leading up to the long finish. A simply gorgeous, age worthy Brunello, which will demand at least a few years of cellaring before it will show its best. (Best 2020-2032) Click the link below to read the full report.... Read more >

Wine Spectator Advance Reveals New Score for 2011 Brunello

The June issues of Wine Spectator will showcase newly released scores for the Il Poggione 2011 Brunello and the 2010 Brunello ‘Vigna Paganelli’ Riserva.  It is an honor to receive these scores, and we look forward to reading more in the coming issues of Wine Spectator. 91 points IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino 2011 A beefy style, evoking plum, leather, tobacco and earth flavors, backed by dense, dusty tannins. Starts out juicy before the gruff finish takes over. Fresh and long. Best from 2018 through 2027.–BS   94 points IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna Paganelli’ Riserva 2010 A dense, powerful version, packed with cherry, plum, herb, earth and underbrush flavors. Vibrant, showing solid grip, this ends with echoes of fruit, earth and tobacco. Best from 2019 through... Read more >

How Do We Clean Wine Barrels?

After 5-6 years, our big oak barrels require cleaning. The surface layer of wood (0.1-0.2 inches) needs to be removed so that the wine is in contact with renewed wood. This is not an easy task, which is why we use a highly specialized external company. In the video below you can see a worker inside the barrel. The barrel, after the planing, is washed with water (photo above)  and then filled again with wine.... Read more >

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 >