International Wine Review Scores And Tasting Notes

Herewith scores and tasting notes from the International Wine Review's Brunello Report (#31) June 2012.

Il Poggione Tenuta Il Poggione is a large historic estate located in Sant’Angelo in Colle. It consists of 600 hectares of which 125 are planted in vines for the production of Brunello, Brunello Riserva, and Rosso. The estate is managed by the father and son team of Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci who until recently were supported by the late Pierluigi Talenti, one of Montalcino’s most illustrious enologists. Il Poggione is without a doubt one of Montalcino’s finest producers. It has some of the best managed vineyards in the ap­pellation, and its winemaking is first-class. Importer: Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL

Il Poggione 2007 Brunello di Montalcino ($45) 94+ The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is a magnificent wine. It has a dark ruby color and aromas of flowers, dark red cher­ries, framboise, and hints of loam. On the palate it boasts ripe and savory red fruit flavors, a velvet mouth feel and firm tannins. The wine is beautifully balanced, elegant and rich in fruit on the finish. A beautiful wine that will age for decades.

Il Poggione 2006 Brunello di Montalcino ($45) 94 The 2006 Brunello displays an attractive bouquet of dark red cherry, violets, earth and wood spice. It is layered and complex on the palate with great purity and intensity of flavor. It has firm ripe tannins on the finish. This is a wine of power and elegance made for extended aging.

Il Poggione 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli ($95) 95 The 2006 Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a savory powerhouse of a wine. It displays an opaque ruby hue and aromas of ripe red berries, underbrush and savory herbs. On the palate it reveals flavors of incredible intensity: black raspberry cassis and roasted meat. It also has huge extract, a lush mouth feel and big tannic grip.

Il Poggione 2010 Rosso di Montalcino ($30) 92 The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino is semi opaque ruby with a nose of red cherry fruit and a hint of vanilla oak on the nose. It offers dark red cherry fruit on the palate and a soft lush mouth feel with beautiful ripe tannins that make it highly approachable.

Il Poggione 2009 Rosso di Montalcino ($28) 90+ The 2009 Rosso reveals a floral bouquet of fresh Morello cherry and raspberry. It is quite reserved at the moment but fine-tuned and elegant on the palate with real purity of red fruit, minerals, and pure essence of cherry. It has firm tannins, moderate acidity and a hint of smoke on the finish.

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