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2013 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Intense and bright ruby. The rosebud nose also reveals hints of liquorice and classic sour cherry, with in-depth references of tight berries and new leather. The sip releases the impetuous tannins of a young Sangiovese and a high concentration. A wine of strength and vigour. Promising. The leading scores of this vintage are more top than the stellar vintages like 2004, 2007, 2012.

Superb scores. RP96, Ian d'Agata 95.

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead. Some 200,000 bottles were made, so it should be easy to locate this excellent wine.

Score: 96 Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (235), February 2018

Bright red. Pure, refined red cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors complicated by sweet spices and aromatic herbs. Deep and multilayered, the wine boasts polished tannins and a harmonious acid spine that lifts and extends the red fruit on the long, suave finish. An essence of Sant’Angelo in Colle with bigger body and palate weight than, for example, the Brunellos of Montosoli, but still sleek and refined as the best wines of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be. The cool-climate-styled 2013 vintage is precisely the type of year in which Il Poggione excels: this lovely, focused wine is the best classico Brunello from Il Poggione in years. Superb.

Score: 95 Ian d'Agata,, April 2018

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