The first review of our Il Poggione Brancato 2014 came out yesterday on the wine blog, Bigger Than Your Head. Blogger Fredric Koeppel compared some of his favorite rosés this year and Il Poggione's Brancato came out very well!
Here is some of what he wrote:
"Il Poggione Brancato 2014, Rosato di Toscana, Italy. Vivid smoky topaz hue; strawberries, raspberries and peaches; a dusty, dusky minerality, like paving stones warmed by the sun; hints of cloves and dried thyme; beautiful balance between bright acidity and a moderately lush texture, but altogether spare and elegant. A gorgeous rosé, very much a presence on the palate."
We are happy to see our Brancato well-received in its first appearance in the United States. I hope you have the opportunity to find some near you and taste it!
Wine Spectator contributed a 95 point score to the flood of 90+ scores for Il Poggione's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino in today's Wine Spectator Insider.
Bruce Sanderson wrote the following review:
"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. Best from 2018 through 2033."
Another phenomenal review was published this week for the Il Poggione 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Monica Larner of Wine Advocate granted this vintage 98 points.
Here is the full and glowing review in which she notes the remarkable quality, complexity and longevity of this wine:
"The 2010 Burnello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, abelit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. There's so much happening on the nose and the wine brings you to cherry, spice, licorice, cured meat, pressed rose and grilled meat in equal measure. No one element overpowers the next. The mouthfeel is also tight and bright with the kind of fruit intensity that promises long cellar aging. This Brunello is only at the beginning of a long road ahead. The longer the wine stays in the glass, the more it offers in terms of complexity and intensity. This is a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead."
Of our winemaking team at Il Poggione, Monica adds:
"Fabrizio Bindocci and his son Alessandro are the most accomplished father-son winemaking team I can think of today in Italy. Il Poggione is owned by Leopoldo and Livia Franceschi, but the phenomenal Bindocci duo are very much in the limelight. They excel in every aspect of winemaking, from vineyard management to wine marketing. Never have I encountered an Il Poggione Brunello as beautiful as the one released this year.This is one of the highest expressions of Sangiovese you will ever taste."
We are honored by this spectacular review from this highly respected publication.
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino Selezione Leopoldo Franceschi 2012 was just featured, along with a glowing review and a 95 point rating, on the blog Tuscan Vines by John Fodera.
After pairing with pan seared and roasted pork chops over a sauteed garlic spinach, Fodera had only wonderful things to say about this limited edition Rosso di Montalcino:
"The 2012 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino Leopoldo Franceschi is the best Rosso di Montalcino I have ever enjoyed. Period."
(Photo credit to John Fodera and his blog Tuscan Vines.)
Here are his tasting notes:
"In the glass, the wine has a seamless, profound bouquet of aromas. Crushed, dark, wild berry fruit, freshly cut flowers, soft new suede, richly roasted espresso, and a powdery cinnamon spice are harmonic."
"On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant. There's a full bodied core of ripe cherry fruit that flashes lithely over the palate but seems to hang there with graceful thickness. Pipe tobacco, mocha, mineral and sweet anise seed complete the package of this compelling Sangiovese."
And another stellar quote: "It is easily better than many Brunello I have tasted in my lifetime."
Antonio Galloni at Vinous Media released his review of the new vintages of Il Poggione today and confirmed what we already knew to be true: Il Poggione makes high quality, age-worthy red wines that stand out from the category!
You can read Galloni’s review below:
Il Poggione remains a reference point for Montalcino. No large estate does a better job of achieving high quality at these production numbers, which typically top 220,000 bottles of Brunello alone. Fabrizio Bindocci and his son Alessandro, along with their team, have done a fabulous job with the new and upcoming releases. Since 1995 the Poggione Brunellos have been made with submerged-cap fermentations, an approach that is typical in Piedmont, but less so in Montalcino. The Brunellos are aged 33Hl French oak casks, three years for the straight Brunello and four years for the Riserva. In addition to these wines, I also tasted all of the estate's Brunellos from cask, as I have done here for many years. There will be no Riserva in either 2014 and 2013, while the lots are still separate for the 2012 and 2011.
In my opinion, Il Poggione's straight Brunello di Montalcino is the single greatest, cellar worthy, Old World red for the money.
Il Poggione 2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 94+ points Sant’angelo in Colle, Tuscany Drinking Window: 2018-2030
Il Poggione's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a remarkably beautiful wine. Rose petal, mint, cinnamon, sweet dark cherries and smoke lift from the glass in a translucent, wiry Brunello built on energy and power. This is an especially lifted, precise and nuanced Brunello from Il Poggione, with more emphasis on length and mid-weight structure rather than overt volume. In many ways, the 2010 comes across as a modern-day version of the 1982 Riserva. Readers who have tasted that wine know just how special that is. For the money, there is not a single better wine being made in Montalcino than Il Poggione's Brunello. Truth is, it is also better than many far more expensive offerings. There are two Brunellos I would buy confidently in any vintage. This is one of them.
Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: February 2015
Il Poggione 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Paganelli – (94-96) points Sant’angelo in Colle, Tuscany Drinking Window: 2020-2035
A dark, intensely brooding wine, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Paganelli bursts from the glass with an exotic tapestry of lavender, menthol, smoke, plums, tar, smoke and licorice, all framed by huge, massive tannins. There is plenty of fruit though, which suggests, the 2010 is going to age effortlessly for several decades. The Riserva won't be released until next year, but it should not be opened until it is at least 10-12 years old, and even then it is likely to be a strapping youngster.
Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: February 2015
Il Poggione 2013 Rosso di Montalcino – 91 points Sant’angelo in Colle, Tuscany Drinking Window: 2015-2023
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. Tasting date: February 2015
Il Poggione 2013 Rosso di Montalcino Leopoldo Franceschi – (89-91) points Sant’angelo in Colle, Tuscany Drinking Window: 2015-2025
The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino Leopoldo Franceschi is a bit richer and deeper than the straight Rosso, but the brightness of the vintage comes through just the same. Dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice add nuance on the textured, inviting finish. The Leopoldo Franceschi is a barrel selection made in the cellar and usually shows more oak influence than the straight Rosso. The 2013 is a big step up from the 2012 and absolutely delicious in its own right.
Another rating for the 2010 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino!
Following an outstanding vintage rating from Jancis Robinson, Il Poggione received another great score for its 2010 Brunello from Walter Speller.
17.5 points - Concentrated ruby with orange tinges. Just a tiny bit dusty and reductive on the nose and what looks like a hint of oak. Succulent fresh fruit with a proper bite of tannins on the finish. Seductive and juicy and already hard to resist.
Robinson's 2010 vintage rating was also enthusiastic:
The 2010s are considered highly... a more classic and altogether more elegant vintage, determined by a cool and wet spring that continued into a protracted and rather cool summer. It forced many producers to harvest as late as possible to ensure that properly ripe grapes would end up in the fermentation tanks. But while other Italian wine regions struggled to achieve ripeness, Montalcino was blessed with more sunshine than others. Harvest started in mid September, and, in some cases, continued well into the third week of October. The long cool ripening season has resulted in fresh, elegant wines with a muscular structure.
A new year, a new vintage of our Brunello di Montalcino! It’s 2015 and it’s time for the 2010 Brunello, a five star vintage that is highly anticipated by Brunello lovers all over the world.
The year 2010 saw a delay in the budding due to below average spring temperatures and frequent rainfalls. Summer was marked by a stable climate with good weather conditions and minimal rain during the month of August that mitigated the heat and allowed for a recovery of the phenological cycle.
Our 2010 Brunello has a classy, calibrated and complex nose and a full body with soft tannins perfectly integrated with the acidity, showing the wine’s great aging potential. It has already received its first great rating, 93 points from James Suckling. Read the full review here!