Large format barrel aging for Brunello di Montalcino

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The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG "disciplinare" requires that the wine be aged for at least 2 years in cask before it is bottled. Some Brunello producers age their Brunello in "barriques", smaller sized barrels. At Il Poggione we feel that the terroir of Sant'Angelo in Colle where our grapes are grown is best served by traditional large oak "botti". 
Paganelli
Like all of our Brunello di Montalcino, our "cru" single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino "Paganelli" is aged in 52 hectolitres barrels. The wood of the barrels is "neutral" because it has been used over and over again. It does not give any flavor to the wine but still allows the wine to slowly come into contact with oxygen, "oxygenation", through the tiny pores in the wood.
Fill 
The barrels are filled to the top and then this double-chambered glass device is placed in the bung hole at the top of the barrel. This allows us to see the "fill" of the barrel and the double-chamber allows us to top off the barrel with wine that has been "racked" from another barrel without letting oxygen get in.
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