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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2014

We have not re-tasted 2014 since 2021. So we will keep our observations as follows.

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.(sic, in 2022). It should start drinking fine now.

We also will stand by our earlier report on the earlier comparison across 2011,2012,2013, 2014, and 2016 vintages.

We would accord leading tastings(edited) on the bottle as follows:

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Il Poggione has one of the appellation's most enviable track records for quality and cellar longevity. The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a different beast. This wine prizes elegance, finesse and a compact mouthfeel. I would suggest a slightly shorter drinking window of approximately ten years. No matter how you cut it, the wine is beautiful and ranks high on a list of favourite wines from the vintage. The bouquet is chiselled and tight with wild blueberry, plum, red rose and a touch of cherry confit. The mouthfeel is undoubtedly thinner in this vintage, but the wine has plenty more to keep your attention. I like it. I returned to the bottle a few days after it had been opened, and the wine was still going strong. (ML) (1/2019)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

The 2014 Brunello Di Montalcino (36 months in French oak) is a beautiful wine from a difficult vintage. Spiced cherries, dried herbs, underbrush, and sappy flower/rose petal notes emerge from the glass, and it's supple, medium-bodied, silky, and seamless on the palate, with ripe tannins and a bold, already delicious style. (11/2019)

92 points Vinous

Red plum, apple, and tobacco aromas are delightfully complemented in the mouth by alkaline and mineral nuances. saliva-inducing salinity adds to the appeal of a lusciously persistent finish featuring repeating red fruit and herbal nuances. Another easygoing, rather stylish but lightweight Brunello typical of the vintage. (IA) (3/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

This is smooth and caressing, wrapped around cherry, plum, loam, tobacco and cumin flavours. Hefty tannins line the finish, but all the elements are in the right proportion. Features a fine, complex finish. (BS) (6/2019)

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