Robert Parker notes on the 2003 Paganelli cru Brunello di Montalcino: “I was completely blown away”


Although the "riserva" bottling of Brunello di Montalcino by the Tenuta Il Poggione has always been made from grapes sourced exclusively from our top cru, the Paganelli vineyard, with "old" vines up to the 40 and more years of age, the 2003 Riserva is the first time in the history that we have labeled the wine as a cru "Paganelli".

Here is what Robert Parker reviewer Antonio Galloni has said about the wine when he tasted it last year. We have presented the wine the week before the last in Chicago and New York and we will present it this week to journalists and to consumers this week at the Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino.

"The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is made from
old vines in the estate’s Paganelli vineyard in Sant’Angelo in Colle.
It is surprisingly fresh in its expression of red cherries, tobacco,
leather, earthiness and spices. Deceptively medium in body, the wine
reveals gorgeous length and a refined, silky finish, both qualities
that are exceptionally rare in this vintage. This is high-class
Sangiovese. In the torrid 2003, winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci gave the
Riserva 12 days of fermentation/maceration on the skins, and aged the
wine in large French oak casks. For the Riserva the estate vinfies with
100% stems, and also uses a higher percentage of newer oak. I wouldn’t
be surprised to see the 2003 Riserva merit a higher score in a few
years. The 1975 Riserva – from another super-hot vintage- was
breathtaking when last tasted about two years ago?.and the Paganelli
vineyard was only 10 years old at the time! Anticipated maturity:

I was completely blown away by the wines I tasted
from Il Poggione this year. Readers who want to experience first-class
Sangiovese from Montalcino won’t want to miss these exceptional wines.
Winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci and his team have done an exceptional job
for which they deserve all the praise in the world".

Antonio Galloni

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