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Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino 2016 (1x75cl)

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5%
Product Code: ITTU0211B16S
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£36.50

Awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2021 edition's Tuscany vintage report (see blue link below).

Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - Sept 2021 Decanter review

Awarded a big 18/20 by www.JancisRobinson.com - reviewer Walter Speller - in March 2021 (see blue link below).

Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - March 2021 JR.com review

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"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 black berries, 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 points, Eric Guido, Vinous/Antonio Galloni.

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High on its perch overlooking the lush Maremma, Tenuta Il Poggione has been a byword for top-quality Brunello for more than a century. Its dramatic scenery proved irresistible to Florentine landowner Lavinio Franceschi in the late 19th century, drawn to the area by the tales of a local shepherd whose sheep spent the summer months on the sunlit slopes between Montalcino and Sant’Angelo. This was wild country in those days, and agricultural techniques verged on the medieval, but Franceschi did not allow this to blind him to the land’s clear potential for making great wine. His modern approach married the best Sangiovese clones to the best vineyard land in the area – a philosophy handed down to current owners Leopoldo and Livia Franceschi, representing the fifth generation to run the winery. Il Poggione has about 125 hectares of the finest Brunello vineyards and a 10-year-old winery that combines modern equipment with a traditional approach, not least in the large French oak barrels so vital to the development of its classic Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. But there’s much more to the 600-hectare estate than vineyard: a variety of crops are interspersed among the vines, and wild animals are encouraged to thrive, transforming what might be a monoculture of the vine into a thriving example of biodiversity in practice.

Produced from the winery's oldest vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level. The grapes were harvested by hand, while, in the winery, the wine sees 15 to 20 days of 'submerged cap' fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature 25/28 °C (77/82 F). Malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel before aging for 36 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl) followed by a long bottle aging.

100% Sangiovese.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Il Poggione.

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - fiche technique

A ruby red wine with garnet hues and a very intense, lingering and stylish bouquet with small dark berry fruit notes. The palate is dry, warm, quite smooth and tannic and the after-aroma is long-lasting.