@MonicaLarner: 97 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva “springs to life in spectacular style” 94 points

From the February 2014 issue of Wine Advocate:

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999
93+ points

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows a superior level of fruit integrity and bright intensity next to the base Brunello from the same vintage. This is a lovely, yet unabashedly masculine expression that puts its pretty tertiary (or aged) aromas on full display. There’s plenty of old leather and smoked bacon on the bouquet, but these elements are offset by a greater sense of fruit fullness in the mouth. The close is tight and compact and the wine improves with up to three hours of aeration before serving. Drink: 2014-2028
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
94 points

Compared to the lackluster base Brunello for the same vintage, the 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva springs to life in spectacular style. This is a bold and brooding wine, but not over the top, with toasted oak, moist earth, leather, cola, licorice and anise seed all thrown in to the layered bouquet. Cherry liqueur and dried cranberry lingers in the back adding fruity tones and vigor. This is a generous and giving wine that should maintain this high level of performance for many more years. Give the wine up to four hours in the decanter. Drink: 2014-2030.

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