Wine Spectator Advance Reveals New Score for 2011 Brunello

The June issues of Wine Spectator will showcase newly released scores for the Il Poggione 2011 Brunello and the 2010 Brunello ‘Vigna Paganelli’ Riserva.  It is an honor to receive these scores, and we look forward to reading more in the coming issues of Wine Spectator. 91 points IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino 2011 A beefy style, evoking plum, leather, tobacco and earth flavors, backed by dense, dusty tannins. Starts out juicy before the gruff finish takes over. Fresh and long. Best from 2018 through 2027.–BS   94 points IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna Paganelli’ Riserva 2010 A dense, powerful version, packed with cherry, plum, herb, earth and underbrush flavors. Vibrant, showing solid grip, this ends with echoes of fruit, earth and tobacco. Best from 2019 through... Read more >

Weather Update: Rain Finally Falls in Montalcino

The strongly awaited rain has fallen during the weekend and yesterday (about 16 mm/0.6in). As we’ve mentioned, rain is very useful at this time of the year because it will help prepare us for summer, which already has a very warm forecast.     The rain, together with high temperatures, helps the growth of not only the vines but also the grass; we have chosen not to use chemical herbicides, so we manually remove the grass around the vines.... Read more >

Rain During a Holiday Weekend in Montalcino

    As forecasted, we had some rain over the holiday weekend. (April 25 is a national holiday in Italy, when we celebrate the liberation of Italian territory from the Nazis.) We hoped the rain would have been more abundant, but we had to be satisfied with 45 mm (1.8 in). We are still glad that it rained at all. On the Mount Amiata, some snow fell yesterday. This is quite unusual, although in the past we have seen snow during late spring. We were concerned that the drop of temperatures caused by the snow could bring damages to the vegetation of the vines. This morning at 6AM we went in the low-side vineyards and the temperature was 3°C (38°F), so we think no damage has... Read more >

Wine Ratings

98

Brunello di Montalcino 2010

98 points
“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. This is a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead.”
– Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

95

Brunello di Montalcino 2010

95 points
“Rich, with excellent density, ripe cherry and plum fruit, and a well-integrated structure. Licorice, earth and tobacco notes add depth while this cruises to a long, tobacco- and mineral-tinged finish. Shows balance and grip.”
– Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

90

Rosso di Montalcino 2013

90 points
“Bright red cherries, stone fruits, smoke and tobacco are some of the notes that jump from the glass in the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino. In this vintage, the Rosso is bright, floral and medium in body, all of which make it extremely versatile. This is another fabulous Rosso from Il Poggione and also a terrific introduction to the year in Montalcino.”
– Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

95

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2007

95+ points
“A huge, dramatic wine, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva literally explodes from the glass. This is a decidedly exuberant, flashy wine loaded with dark fruit. Tobacco, smoke, tar and licorice all come alive in this big, broad-shouldered Riserva. Here, too, the wine’s balance is impeccable.”
– Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate