Comparing 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione, Tuscany
All Il Poggione(2011,2012,2013 and 2014) Brunellos aged 33Hl French oak casks taste clean and not austere at all. There are no Riserva in either 2014 and 2013, while the lots are still separate for the 2012 and 2011. Hence 2014 2014 can be considered an update with an extended drink window of over 10 Years(WA). It is awarded 94 Points WA.
2014 gives classic aromas of underbrush, truffle, dark-skinned berry and tobacco lead the nose of this elegantly structured red. Acidity is taut, offering a vibrant palate of cherry, cranberry, orange zest and liquorice. The fruit profile is similar to 2011 and 2013 that of rosebud, hints of liquorice and classic sour cherry, berries and new leather manifesting after some swirlings a muscular strength from dark fruit. The first sip of 2014 releases the impetuous tannins of a young Sangiovese and a high concentration confirms wine of strength and vigour, which are indicators of ageing ability. It is, nonetheless, delicate, elegant and compact in the finish. It starts drinking fine now and probably best starting from next year.
In terms of power and intensity, 2014 is less than 2012 Brunello di Montalcino release at the winery and were blown away by 2012's wine of warmth and structure exuding delicate dark plum, cherry, violet and spice flavours yet balanced with the most exquisite freshness on the palate in the first instance.