Il Poggione in Montalcino is a historic producer that has churned out some of the best Sangiovese in the region for decades. In fact, as one of the original three producers of Brunello di Montalcino, they set the standard for increased quality.
They make nothing but fabulous wines. In fact, they made one of the best Brunellos I’ve tasted in the last twenty years, their 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli.
The estate is sprawling, 1,500 acres, though only 350 are planted to vines with the rest olive groves, sowable land and woodlands used for raising cattle and pigs. Apart from being one of the oldest vineyards in Montalcino, the majority of the vines are also planted above 1,300 ft. above sea level – which when paired with their proximity to the sea, provides the estate with a picture perfect climate for growing slowly maturing, perfectly ripe Sangiovese.
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90 Points, James Suckling
Lots of mahogany, bark and cocoa powder on the nose. Some mushrooms and dried cherries, too. Medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannins. The wood is a little obvious, but pleasant nonetheless. Drink now.