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Here's what two of the most influential critics have to say about this wine:
"Fabrizio Bindocci and his son Alessandro are the most accomplished father-son winemaking team I can think of today in Italy." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
"For the money, there is not a single better wine being made in Montalcino than Il Poggione's Brunello." ~Antonio Galloni
2016 was not only a great year for wine throughout the whole of Europe but is being called the best vintage ever for Brunello di Montalcino!Now is the time to stock up on 2016 Brunello; these wines will only get more valuable as they continue to age into the sensational wines we know they're going to be!
Brunello is the king of Montalcino wines, produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes picked by hand from the oldest vines in the farm, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level. After a careful fermentation at controlled temperature, Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino is aged in French oak barrels for 30 months in large French oak barrels followed by a long bottle aging. This is an essential process in guaranteeing the pleasantness and the complexity that have made the Brunello di Montalcino world-famous.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. Ruby red in color, with a very intense, persistent nose, and with red fruit notes. Warm, balanced flavor with velvet-smooth tannins. Long-lasting aroma. Pair alongside red meats, game, mature cheeses.
One of the staples in the appellation for this flawless vintage. On the nose, blackberries, and blackcurrants, officinal hints closing on the notes of licorice. Juicy, taut, and crunchy mouthfeel. Savory tannins and stunning persistence. ~99 Luca Gardini
I’m not sure how Il Poggione manages to remain one of the largest producers of Brunello, maintaining such a high level of quality and turning out some of the best wines of the vintage year after year - but they do. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco, and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and blackberries, nervous acids, and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance, yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish, which is dark, mysterious, and structured, with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination. It’s a classic in the making. ~97 Vinous Media
Rich and meaty, it shows bite and character in the notes of currant, raspberry, ripe strawberries, and cloves. Full body, tannins of excellent quality, round and well-integrated, and a finish of commendable beauty. Wow, exciting expression. Better from 2022. ~96 International Wine Report
The Il Poggione 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a medium-dark appearance with pretty Sangiovese shine and a little ruby sparkle. This vintage shows a slightly untamed or wild side with a dense and heavier fruit profile. The focus here is on blackberry, dried cherry, tobacco, and even a touch of smoky tobacco or horse saddle. The wine shows the firm grip and tannic backbone that is a common trait in this vintage, especially with the vineyards on this southern, sunlit side of the appellation. I also get a considerable flash of acidity on the close, almost too much, that certainly needs a few more years to soften. You really need to wait with this one. Production is an ample 200,000 bottles. ~95 Wine Advocate
Rich, flint ruby. Impressive and vivid nose, full of ripe plums, cherries, and also blackberries, in the background some leather and liquorice. Juicy and firm on the palate, opens with grippy, gripping tannin, profound, has firm drive on the finish. ~95 Falstaff
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