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 among my favorite Brunellos of the year. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to taste a vertical of past vintages spanning back to 1955. Estate manager Fabrizio Bindocci, with his son and daughter, accompanied me during this historic vertical. This magnificent tasting experience cemented the certainty regarding the aging potential of these wines.