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Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino 2017


95 Pts, WE – 94+ Pts, WA – 94 Pts, W&S

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate declared, “Il Poggione always makes some of the smoothest and most texturally enriched wines in the appellation, and this vintage is no exception.” I would 100% agree with that statement. For me, it comes down to a couple of distinct advantages that the winery has over their peers.

First, the wine is made from the oldest vines on the estate, which is itself one of the oldest active vineyards in the region (planted in 1964). Secondly, those old roots have entrenched themselves deep into the steep slope of the hillside vineyard perched between 1000 and 1500 feet above sea level. This gives their wines character and immense depth that others couldn’t possibly replicate. It also helps the father-son team of Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci to craft a tightly interwoven masterpiece with bright cherry and plum flavors even with little water to go around.

Here’s the best part–Il Poggione prices have continued to rise with each passing and highly lauded vintage. Now, these beautiful Brunello releases actually start at $100/bottle, a fair price for a great wine, but not quite a bargain. However, I have negotiated a special deal which allows us to go lower than anybody else by a fairly wide margain. It’s also pretty nuts when you consider the average price online is $90/btl!

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95 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Underbrush, camphor and new leather aromas get together with grilled herbs. Full-bodied and structured, it also shows restraint, featuring dried black cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside firm, fine-grained tannins.

94+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a saturated and shiny dark ruby color. This edition is loaded with black and purple fruits, such as blackberry preserves and plum. Those more robust tones are followed by spice, tar and campfire ash. The tannins are young (but not stemmy or bitter), and you’d be best served by letting this wine age and relax with more cellar aging. Il Poggione always makes some of the smoothest and most texturally enriched wines in the appellation, and this vintage is no exception.

94 Points, Wine & Spirits
Rich flavors of dark cherry and plum glide in a smooth texture, gaining notes of dark chocolate and licorice as the wine sits in the glass. The tannins are firm and compact, like new leather, yet the generous fruit tones are already expressive, supported by a cool mineral layer and vivid acidity that keep the flavors fresh over several days. This is a refined and elegant Brunello from the warm 2017 vintage, with plenty of aging potential.

A gem of a Brunello that can be drunk now or held for the next five years.


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