2003 Il Poggione (Roberto Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino – 90 points (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)
Did a side by side with this wine and the younger little sister; Rosso Di Montalcino. Hands down the Brunello was the winner and I did not even like the Rosso for the money. The nose has lots of dark berries with flowers. Has a hint of eucalyptus. Nice balance of chocolate rounds out with a nice dark deep purple color. The tannins are beautiful in structure, just right and matches this real old world wine. I think this wine was a touch young and needs a couple of years but it still opened up nicely after about 30 minutes but I recommend decanting for about 2 hours. Nice dark fruit on the palette and the transition to the finish had some hang time on it. The finish was nicely balanced. This is a should try wine. Love the old world on this.
|Grapes: 100% Sangiovese from vines at least 20 years old|
|Harvesting: by hand|
|Fermentation: 15 days submerged cap fermentation at controlled temperatures of 25° 28°C.|
|Aging: 3 years in 30-50 hectolitre French oak barrels, followed by a period of bottle aging|