After a week of wine gluttony, it was nice to wind down with a very smooth, very traditional Brunello. One of the most highly regarded wineries in Tuscany, Tenuta Il Poggione makes incredibly powerful wines for both collectors and everyday drinkers. Led by father-son winemaking team, Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, the winery is committed to sustainable viticulture and 100% estate-grown, hand-selected fruit.
Produced exclusively from 100% Sangiovese grapes, it strikes a smooth balance between plum and cherry with pronounced tannins and undertones of leather, tobacco, and spices. Balanced with a long, flavorful finish. Easy to see how this garnered triple 96 points from WA, JD, and D.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 96 Points
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead.
Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a brilliant bottle of wine and is another ripe, sexy, ready to go 2013 Brunello. This was a sunny, warm vintage that suffered from rain at harvest, yet the wines have loads of charm and accessibility, and they certainly don’t lack for ripeness. This beauty boasts a medium ruby color as well as a fabulous bouquet of spiced red cherries, balsamic, incense, and licorice. It’s medium to full-bodied, layered, ripe, and seamless on the palate, with nicely concealed oak and rock-solid underlying density and ripe tannins. It’s a beautiful wine that has plenty of upfront appeal as well as upwards of two decades of longevity. Bravo!
Decanter 96 Points
The harvest date returned once more to that of tradition, commencing on 23 September – whereas these days it usually begins around 3 September. This could therefore be considered a fresh if not cool vintage, yet the long growing season helped the extraction of velvety tannins, concentrated on the mid-palate. The structure, combined with bright cassis notes, a core of cherry and crystalized violet, and savory minerality on the finish, will keep the wine in good shape for the long haul.
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