One of the wines of the vintage from Brunello di Montalcino in the 2016 vintage. "The potential here is off the charts" concludes Eric Guido of Vinous.
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A beguiling mix of camphor and minty herbs, along with crushed stone, blows off slowly to reveal dark depths of black raspberry, licorice, autumnal spice and worn leather as the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli unfolds in the glass. Its textures are unexpectedly soft and velvety-smooth, coupled with depths of intense red fruits that make an appearance just before a mix of brisk acids and tannins creates a more tactile and youthfully clenching expression toward the finale. This leaves the palate aching under the 2016’s structural heft, yet with plenty of primary concentration to balance, as wild savory herbs and earthy mineral tones linger for up to a minute. The potential here is off the charts, but readers will need to be very patient. The Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a cru selection of old vines that refines for 48 months in large French oak barrels of 33–52 hectoliters.
This is the top-shelf wine from Il Poggione, and it's a must-have bottle for those who collect wines from this celebrated estate. From an icon vintage, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a beauty. It stands at the intersection of intensity, elegance and power. The fruit is shapely and dense with plenty of blackberry and black cherry, and you also get savory touches of campfire ash, tar, licorice, ferrous earth and balsam herb. Honestly, you get it all, including that distinctive Brunello power and abundance that is not easily achieved with such careful balance. The finish is structured, fresh and long, and with more time in the glass, the leathery or savory aromas become more pronounced (as does the alcohol). Production is 40,000 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.