Kyle Phillips on 2004 Riserva and 2005 Brunello di Montalcino by Il Poggione

We were glad to see our wines included in the blog of Kyle Phillips (below), author of the Italian Wine Review and one of the most important Italian wine authorities and journalists today. Here are his notes from the Benvenuto Brunello tasting in February.Thanks you Kyle for taking the time to taste our wines and write about them and for your thoughtful observations.

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005

Deep black almandine with black reflections and almandine rim. The bouquet is moderately intense, with sweetish balsamic acidity and balsam mingled with mentholated cherry fruit and supported by a fair amount of alcohol and deft spice. On the palate it's ample and soft, with fairly bright berry fruit supported by soft berry fruit acidity and by tannins that are smooth and have a slight balsamic cedar underpinning, and flow into a clean fairly rich sour berry fruit finish. It's a touch overripe, and smooth and soft, and quite approachable in a lesser vintage key. It also has the legs to age nicely for a number of years, and will do interesting things with time. In short, nice.

2 stars

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2004

Deep black almandine with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is rich, and quite ripe, cherry and forest berry fruit supported by jammy accents and clean mentholated spice. Pleasant, and nice balance. On the palate it's full and rich, with powerful fairly sweet cherry fruit supported by deft berry fruit acidity and smooth sweet tannins that flow into a clean rather bitter finish. Quick to write, but harmonious, and will already drink well with a roast or a stew, though it's at the beginning of a long journey. Worth seeking out if you like the style, which is deft and nicely balanced, but has a little more residual sweetness than some, and is a result of the ripeness of the grapes.

2 stars

Kyle phillips

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