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Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Floral, a lightish 'BdM'; sundried tomatoes, and cherries; meat sauce, tea-leaves; leather and other tertiary tones. Quite a nose for a humble rosso. Made in a more accessible version of the Brunello, this 2016 gives already with an excellent structure(acidity, abundant yet fine tannins) and a great personality. Also, this Rosso is younger and more relaxed to the palate, with classic Sangiovese fruit and wood spice profile. On its own without comparing to its seniors Il Poggione BdM and its Reserva, the finish gives over 10+ second of fruit length and would considered long. Medium bodied. Ruby cored; pink robed. Very easy; serve slight chilled.

It is produced entirely from Sangiovese grapes sourced from the estate's younger vineyards situated from 150 metres to 450 metres on the slopes. Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2016 aged in large casks and barriques before a period of bottle ageing.

The wood ageing, although not obligatory for the production of 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".

For a humble Rosso, scores and comments are plenty, for example:

JS92 James Suckling There's plenty of nutmeg and dried-herb character in addition to redcurrants and Chinese spices. Medium body, lovely and grippy tannins and a tight finish. So well-crafted.

WS91 Wine Spectator Pure, fruity and elegant, featuring cherry, plum, currant and iron aromas and flavors. Well-structured, yet balanced, with a lingering, fresh aftertaste of fruit, iron and leather notes. Drink now through 2024. 16,666 cases made.

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