Ian D’Agata: 90 Points For 2009 Brunello Di Montalcino

Herewith scores and tasting notes from The International Wine Cellar July-August 2014 number:

2009 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino
90 points

($85) Bright red.  Aromas of ripe red cherry, aromatic herbs and licorice.  At once fat and juicy, with soft, ripe red cherry, strawberry jam and mocha flavors dominating.  Thick, broad and full, with harmonious acidity giving the wine shape and providing necessary lift.  Finishes long and a little oaky, with plenty of easy sweetness, soft tannins and a note of balsamic chocolate.  This 2009 from Il Poggione strikes me as bigger and richer than usual for this wine, and is very emblematic of the Brunellos made in the southwestern sector of the Montalcino hill in 2009.—Ian d'Agata

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