Il Poggione (Roberto Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino 2003, 90 points

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.

Tenuta Il Pogginie website

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

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  • [...] Strike out on this one. Like the big brother much better; Brunello. Little rough to start even after decanting for an hour. Some cherry, prunes, and a little oak/cedar. The nose had some wet leaves and wood, very earthy and interesting however not real strong. Kind of weak in the nose and color. A light thin purple. The tannins were a little hot and were overwhelming the fruit in the wine. The transition was quicker than expected but did have some nice white chocolate and cinnamon on the changeover. The finish reveals more fruits but eds with to much bitterness. I would pass on this one and go for the burnello big brother. [...]

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