Bright, medium ruby, tight garnet rim. It noses rose petals, intense red cherries, tones of dark cherry and blackcurrant. Also cloves, dry herbs, toast bread, old leather and pork jerky. On its linear palate, plums, cherries and hawthorne, flavours of coffee as well as a beautiful length with very elegant tannins and a firm structure(mineral, wood and fruit spice, alcohol). Don't get me wrong, despite the adjectives, it remains simple and good through the 2-hour tasting and drinking. A lively wine.
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2015 is wine with excellent value. It is the baby brother of the iconic wineand super-value Il Poggione BdM. This wine is almost like an approachable Young Brunello. Its main wine Il Poggione Brunello which ranked #46 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the World. Cost performance is outstanding. Vineyards in the central of Montalcino, it is ripe and ready, and aged in large cask briefly for 12 months.
The wood ageing, although not obligatory for the production of this 2015 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino, tones down the tannins typical of a young Sangiovese and gives this red wine a complexity of aroma and structure that make it a great "Young Brunello", as we are often told by the winemaker. Fruit source is from estate vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level, hence the smart palate. The Vine training system is Cordon spur, hence the coolness. Harvest by hand, hence there is still ripe fruit despite the lack of depth. Vinification is 15 days "submerged cap" fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature 25/28 °C (77/82 F), hence quite natural. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, hence not oaky at all. Ageing 12 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl or 872 -1373 Gallon) and barriques (350 litres) followed by bottle ageing, hence the acidity is still contained.
Wine Spectator scored this 91 points saying "Bright, delicate and vibrant, with berry and floral flavours. Accents of earth, tobacco and spice add interest as they linger on the finish. Well-rounded and long. Drink now through 2023."
JS91, James Suckling says 'Il Poggione’s Rosso di Montalcino 2015 bursts from the glass with intense, layered fruit. A big, voluptuous wine, it stands out for its generous, utterly inviting personality. Hints of spices and rose petals add complexity, but in the end, the Rosso is wine mostly of juicy, textural impact. The estate’s Rosso is from the estate’s youngest vines and lower-altitude vineyards. A go-to Rosso di Montalcino with dried cherry and orange peel character. Medium body, light tannins and a tangy finish. Shows focus and precision. Drink now and enjoy.'