2019 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino

  • 2019 “A Superb Vintage” ~Decanter
  • "Complex. Lots of Energy Here" ~95 JS
  • "This Wine Is a Good Example of a Classic Vintage" ~94 RP
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About the Wine

2019 in Brunello di Montalcino is looking to be one of the greatest vintages of recent years. Decanter says: ‘The strength of the vintage is that the wines will be enjoyable at any stage along the way, given the quality in 2019, Brunello enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice.”and referred to it as “A Superb Vintage!” Stock up on this amazing vintage today!  

Poggio Antico was founded in 1976 and consiss of 50 clay, calcareous acres of Brunello di Montalcino. The estate has seen phenomenal growth, going from 50 to the present 80 acres under vine, developing two parallel Brunello worlds – the more traditional, larger-barrel Brunello, aged longer in Slavonian oak, and the modern, finesse-driven Altero, aged in tonneaux of French oak; securing a stellar position in the global market and extending and upgrading the facility to ultrahigh-tech standards. Poggio Antico recently lead a soil survey to approach the plot-by-plot management which started with the 2018 vintage by identifying, and consequently harvesting and fermenting separately, the micro terroirs inside each vineyard. All of the estate is currently under organic conversion and a renovation of the cellar and of the hospitality center are part of the new plans

Poggio Antico rests on the highest vineyards of the entire denomination south of the famous village of Montalcino, atop a stunning hill surrounded by forest that expresses the incredible terroir of the region. A UNESCO world heritage site since 2004 internationally recognized for its rich culture and the quality wines such as “Brunello” which has become much more than a symbol for Italian wines.

Wines in Montalcino follow the strictest regulations; wines must be 100% Sangiovese and undergo five years of aging two within in oak before being sold. These wines undergo aging in large Slavonian casks, giving brightness to the fruit and lovely aromas, structure, and complexity; they are an excellent classic for Brunello Di Montalcino.

Poggio Antico is a certified-organic winery starting with the 2020 vintage. During the past year, the winery has gone through several modifications to include more cement and steel vats in the fermentation area to pursue smaller batch vinification from determined vineyards.

The winery has expanding plans, and they are making a significant effort to plant two new hectares of vines in the prestigious Poggi area. Where soils tend to be a bit lighter and rockier with galestro and limestone albrese, which gives a much more delicate approach to the wines, on top of that, some new plantings in the area make IGT wines (a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon); replating will last until 2026.

Aging: 30 months in 40 hl traditional Slavonian oak casks

Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. Powerful, big, round, extremely elegant. Great balance, velvety, silky, and sweet tannins. Persistent finish and fantastic aging potential. This wine is perfect to pair it with dishes that have sauces and condiments rich in spices and herbs, for example, a stuffed turkey dish with prunes or truffle. Fantastic for a rich steak like a “Chianina” rich in umami flavors. Cheeses like parmigiano reggiano, pecorino o provolone del Monaco. Rich creamy risottos with lamb, sausage ragout, and liver.

Reviews

Warm and decidedly persuasive in sensory profile, it shows notes of strawberries, red plums, cherries, currants, raspberries, lemon peel and cut ginger. Slightly overripe the undertones are reminiscent of dehydrated black plums and pine resin. Medium-full body, well ripe and refined tannins and a finish of good, voluminous and classic character. Best since 2024. ~95 WinesCritic.com 

Lots of bark, mushroom and forest-flower aromas with crushed cherries. Complex. Medium body with lovely acid tension and a racy and pretty finish. Very fine tannins. Lots of energy here. ~95 James Suckling

The Poggio Antico 2019 Brunello di Montalcino has a pretty bouquet with a unique set of aromas that recall dried cherries with hints of rose potpourri or fragrant acacia wood. Those delicate floral notes give lift and energy to the bouquet. The only distraction is the 15% alcohol content. Otherwise, this wine is a good example of a classic vintage.~94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blast of pure cherry fruit erupts from the glass, with iron, tobacco and spice notes adding complexity. Lively and balanced, showing a chalky feel to its tannins on the lingering finish. ~94 Wine Spectator

Poggio Antico’s high-altitude vineyards are almost dead centre in the appellation. They are characterised by constant breezes – both from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and Monte Amiata to the southeast – as well as significant diurnal temperature differences. Very fragrant and animated, this brings together scents of Mediterranean forest, pine and garden-fresh mint with cooler juniper and pepper notes. Very smooth and polished, the palate sports almost a glossy sheen. It is deliciously plump and weighted with layers of ripe, macerated cherry countered by chinotto bitters. There is more tension coming from the tangy acid than the soft tannins. Finishes with cinnamon spice. ~93 Decanter

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