Stephen Tanzer Reviews Of 2007 Brunello And 2006 Brunello Riserva Paganelli

Herewith scores and reviews by Stephen Tanzer.

2007 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino

95/100 points

Medium red. Reticent nose hints at red berries, marzipan and nutty oak. Fine-grained, fleshy and highly concentrated, without any undue impression of weight. Lovely sappy sweetness accentuates the wine’s inner-mouth perfume. Really builds on the very long, even, sweetly tannic back end, which stains the palate with red fruits, flowers and complex soil tones. This strikes me as more typical perfumed sangiovese than the darker, more locked-up, more obviously structured 2006 riserva.

2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli

94+/100 points

Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Youthfully medicinal aromas of dark fruits and minerals. Brooding and primary today, with powerful black cherry, licorice, mineral and menthol flavors dominated by the wine’s firm tannic spine. This extremely backward, structured riserva will need a good eight to ten years of aging and should be long-lived, but it’s tough going today.

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