Val di Suga is a pioneer in the production of the terroir-driven Brunello and the only producer making three single-vineyards in three different estates: Vigna del Lago in the North-East, Vinga Spuntali in the South-West and Pogigo al Granchio in the South-East.
Today we have their creme de la creme in a New Jersey exclusive.
The Poggio Al Granchio is situated perfectly in the treasured southeastern corner of Montalcino. Every year it represents Val di Suga’s most interesting and elegant terroir-expression, but in the 2016 vintage it ends up far exceeding expectations.
Four of the major world wine publications came in at 95-points or higher, meaning one of the very best 2016 releases had to wait until 2022. Wine Spectator and Britain’s Decanter came in at 95, Vinous called it a “gorgeous expression of the vintage” and “classically structured and showing only a glimpse of what’s to come” in their 96-point review. But it was The Wine Advocate’s long time top European dog turned solo act Jeb Dunnuck who came in with the highest score, a 98-point review for what he described “as a super-pleasurable wine right out of the gate and will continue to be so over the next 20 or more years.”
98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Poggio al Granchio Brunello di Montalcino is aromatically expressive of perfectly ripe cherry, sweet herbs, dried flowers, and stony earth. There is generous purity of fruit on the palate, with mineral-rich earth, and it had the most balanced and harmonious structure in the lineup on this tasting, with present but fine-grained tannin. I love this wine for its darker mineral edge in counterpoint with crunchy and ripe fruit. It is a super-pleasurable wine right out of the gate and will continue to be so over the next 20 or more years.
96 Points, Vinous
A dark and rich expression of earth and black fruits, laced with crushed stone minerality and hints of sour citrus. There are depths of silky textures here yet also a lifted and cooling feel to the expression, giving way to zesty wild berries, savory spice, mint and inner florals. It’s classically structured and showing only a glimpse of what’s to come after time in the cellar, leaving an impression of poise and purity. A gorgeous expression of the vintage, hailing from the Southeast of Montalcino and refined entirely in large Slavonian oak.
95 Points, Wine Spectator
Black currant, cherry and plum flavors abound in this red, accented by licorice, tar, menthol, iron and tobacco notes. Pure, detailed and harmonious, with spice and mineral elements lingering on the long aftertaste.
95 Points, Decanter
The Poggio al Granchio vineyard lies on schistous or ‘galestro’ soil, which accounts for this Brunello’s iron-tinged, meaty succulence. The tannins have an engaging thickness, plumping up the fruit without colonising it, allowing the flinty flavours typical of this vineyard full play.