Il Poggione offers the best price to quality ratio we've ever seen. Those looking for serious, classic and age-worthy Sangiovese, look no further.
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We've been drinking Ill Poggione's Brunello's for the last decade and with each vintage, we're dumbfounded by the price to quality ratio that the wine offers. Along with 2015, the 2016 vintage was one of the best years the region has had and those who stock up with a case or two of these in their cellars will be richly rewarded in the years to come. The 2016 is another great example of classical text-book Sangiovese. The 2016 has scored a whopping 97-points from Vinous placing it amongst the best wines from the vintage with Eric Guido calling it "a classic in the making."
I’m not sure how Il Poggione manages to remain one of the largest producers of Brunello, maintaining such a high level of quality and turning out some of the best wines of the vintage year after year - but they do. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries, nervous acids and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance, yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish, which is dark, mysterious and structured, with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination. It’s a classic in the making.
Located in Sant’Angelo in Colle, the 2016 Brunello was aged for over 30 months in large French oak. The nose is exuberant with confectionary aromatics of kirsch, sweet herbs and lavender. The palate is energetic and fresh, with bright cherry fruit and oolong tea. This is a polished style with focus and clarity that lends itself to enjoyment in drinking these now, though this will not be one that tires easily. Enjoy 2022-2036.
The Il Poggione 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a medium dark appearance with pretty Sangiovese shine and a little ruby sparkle. This vintage shows a slightly untamed or wild side with a dense and heavier fruit profile. The focus here is on blackberry, dried cherry, tobacco and even a touch of smoky tobacco or horse saddle. The wine shows the firm grip and tannic backbone that is a common trait in this vintage, especially with the vineyards on this southern, sunlit side of the appellation. I also get a considerable flash of acidity on the close, almost too much, that certainly needs a few more years to soften. You really need to wait with this one. Production is an ample 200,000 bottles.
With a history dating back to over 100 years ago, Il Poggione is one of Tuscany's and Brunello di Montalcino's most historic wine estates. Originally founded by Lavinio Franceschi’s, the estate is now run by the 5th generations family members Leopoldo and Livia Franceschi. Il Poggione was one three wineries that helped establish the Brunello di Montalcino consortium, safe guarding the region’s style and quality. Ultimately, this was the first step in cementing Brunello di Montalcino on the global fine wine scene.
Il Poggione is one the largest estates in the region owning 125 hectares of Brunello designated vineyards and producing around 200,000 bottles of Brunello each vintage. With their meticulous work in the vineyard and winery, they are able to keep quality incredibly high whilst prices remain modest. Their Vigna Paganelli Riserva is one of the regions oldest vineyards having been planted in 1964 and typically their vineyards sit between 150 to 450 meters above sea level.
If you’re after classical Sangiovese, then look no further than Il Poggione.