Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione, Tuscany 2012

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Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione, Tuscany 2012

32.95

We recently tasted through a great number of Brunellos from the 2012 vintage and had the chance to meet many of the producers (including the president of the consorzio, ooh la la!) and to discuss the wines in detail. It was a fascinating opportunity to get under the skin of this great vintage and taste its different interpretations (picking times were essential in this ripe vintage). Some felt it was better than 2010 and many compared it to the legendary 2004 vintage. Sadly, a lot of the prices have sky-rocketed, due to unprecedented demand from America, where writers are referring to the feeding frenzy as Brunellomania. Happily, Il Poggione has not only refrained from jumping on that unseemly bandwagon, but they also happen to have made our favourite wine of the vintage (well, maybe joint-favourite with Cortonesi’s ‘Il Poggiarelli’… ok, ok, maybe tied equal with Colombini’s ‘Prime Donne’). Anyway, it’s a lot less expensive than those rated similarly and we have 10 cases available. We think it represents outstanding value.

The Wine Advocate:“Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage. Nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics. Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavours that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos. Drink 2017-2030” 95+ points
 
Jancis Robinson MW: “Dark garnet. Intriguing mix of fresh veg and compost on the nose, plus a bit of charred meat. Round on the palate – already very suave, and very Brunello. Confident expression of the vintage’s combination of ripeness and freshness. Drink 2019-2032” 17.5 points

Jancis Robinson.com (Walter Speller):“Subtle, earthy cherry on the nose. Very backward yet elegant and almost lithe on the palate. Perfect balance, very poised and yet with a muscular structure.” 17 points
  
Antonio Galloni:“Good full red. Medicinal red cherry, raspberry, sweet spices and mint on the fresh, precise nose. Bright and sweet, with a penetrating, austere quality to its flavors of red fruits, minerals and medicinal herbs. Harmonious acidity nicely frames the pure, long, youthfully tight finish. Lovely young Brunello that will repay cellaring.” 93+ points

Our tasting note:“Big, bold aromas of sweet plum, wet clay and sandalwood. Wonderfully open and expressive and true to the appellation. A proper Brunello with polished tannins and opulent fruit, not a modernist interpretation dominated by tarty American oak. Structured, brawny even, rich and full of local character displaying dark cherry, tobacco leaf and cherrywood. Vineyards in Sant’Angelo. 36 months in large French oak barrels. 14.5% alc. Drink 2018 -2030.” 

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