dark ruby colour. nose: full of cherries; rather sweet with some delicate tobacco notes; robust but elegant. taste: very balanced and deep, full bodied. some dark fruits and a lot of sweet notes. Generally quite soft on the palate and ready to drink now. French oak gives this one roundness and bit diffitent style.
Four years is a long time for any wine to spend in any type of wooden barrel, and I'm afraid it was far too long for this wine. When ageing is conducted in oak vessels of 30 - 60 HL in size, the surface area to volume ratio is so reduced that theoretically, it shouldn't make much difference if the botti are made from French oak or the traditional Slavonian oak. This wine, however, argues that origin of the oak does matter, because this wine smells and tastes exactly like a newish Allier oak barrel and not a thing like Brunello. In fact, the oaky character of this wine, complete with pervasive notes of vanilla extract, overwhelms what good character there is in this wine. Although Il Poggione does age its Brunello and Brunello Riserva in large, 30-60 HL French oak botti, one does not expect this type of pervasive French oak character from an Il Poggione wine. You can tell this would have been a tasty wine. There's plenty there, but it's unfortunately marred by the oak treatment. A rather baffling experience. It will be interested to see how subsequent bottles compare to this one.
Open That Bottle Night 2015 (Duluth, GA): This was very similar to the normale BdM from the same vintage tasted the night before except the palate was a bit richer, the nutty character was very strong, I love the producer but the wine was hurt by all of the more sweetly fruited New World wines surrounding it.
At age 10, still drinking like a youngster. Would love to try this again at age 20. Deep purple, nearly opaque in color with extraordinary aromatics of black fruit, a touch of petrol and some interesting hints of herbs, which carry to palate with subtle wild cherry, loamy earth and soft tannins. Should evolve into a true reference for Brunello, and wish we had a couple more bottles to enjoy the transformation. Raves at the table from all.
Two hour Vinturi decant, rebottle for transit, 1 hour slow-ox...this may as well be the barometer for what a classic BdM should be. Tart cherry, flinty mineral, mild forest floor with a slightly smoky finish. Beautiful! I thought I overbought, but now will need to begin to parcel these out over time so I get to see the evolution into its second decade and beyond. This is beginning to brick and show its age.
PNP due to very late decision on restaurant choice. Took 45 Minutes come around, but that didn't slow the pace of consumption. Paired nicely with cannelloni, eggplant and mozzarella. Tannins still slightly firm, but not a concern. Poggione always a good Brunello, think in recalling others back to 1988 this is one of the better.
Wine dinner with the Johnson's (Our lake house): Amazing complexity. Top wine for the guys tonight. Not as well liked by the ladies. Very dry, peppered with a strong nose. Still young. Will be better in 10 years. Decanted for 8 hours and still needed more. One for the cellar.
Sunday at Ken's; 7/14/2013-7/15/2013: Still quite young, but very nice. A nose of cherries, sandalwood, vanilla and tea. On the palate, this is juicy and full bodied. Still young and robust but starting to layer. Lots of cherries, some dried tea. Great acidity. Long finish. Wonderful wine.
Garnet all the way to the rim; served slightly warm; nose is dusty, sandy, round profile, dried red fruit, cedar, cherry, orangey acid on the finish, pronounced tannin. This has put on lots of weight and tannins are fighting for center stage compared to a bottle I had 2 years ago. Very good, but a little one dimensional and tannic at this point in its evolution. Give it a couple more years or decant for a while.
Classic BdM...a cherry bomb that explodes with fantastic Italian mineral and earth. I've always considered 'sous-bois' to be more of a bordeaux descriptor, but there is a lovely forest floor presence beginning to evolve here. I shipped myself a mixed case for vacation on the Big Island, and am glad to be wining on home turf while I'm away from my cellar.
Wrote a note via CellarVu but it crashed so ill rewrite at the risk of duplication. Huge cherry nose and flavor, very obvious and distinct, like a red starburst. Some complexity but will probably add more with time. Some tannin, but hard not to drink now. Think this could be special down the road. Great. 92+
Fantastic & classic BdM...cherry bomb that explodes with fantastic Italian mineral and earth. I wish I was more patient; 'cos this is going to be ultimately and supremely beautiful with a bit more cellar age. This vineyard now dominates my cellar, and I could't be happier!
OMG on night 2 it was off the charts. When first open it was very nice but would not of given it a 95 rating (very high for me and most of you on CT). Brought to friends house to finish and he was blown away especially since he is not a big wine drinker. I am just excited that still have 2 more bottles to sit on with thought will even get better. An incredible value.
Minneapolis Wine Club does Tuscany (Anita's House): This wine needs to develop and I hope it does based on the big scores it received. Red currents, leather, wood, blueberries, mushrooms and spice. There is a lot of interesting aspects to the wine but it is not real concentrated. I would advise cellaring for five years or more.
Mpls Wine Club Does Tuscany (Minnetonka, MN): Dark red color. Nose has leather, red currants, black cherry and raspberry, subtle earth. The palate is consistent with tart dark red fruits, and spice. There is some heat on this and it is not as concentrated.
(crime about to happen...) Pop & pour. Infanticide. Guests really liked it, but did they truly APPRECIATE it? Ruby w/understated/closed nose. Round red fruit, tart cherry finish. Young but promise of a wonderful future; this is a mid-to-high 90s-pointer with just a bit of bottle age. Love this producer!
Decanted for 6 hours but it has yet to open up. Worked up a whiff of dark fruit after a few hours then later a hint of cherry. Tart. Big and dusty tannins. I'll come back to this bottle in a few days. The next bottle in 5 years.
Thought I might have overbought at first but now realize that this gem should represent the single largest holding in my cellar. While it might sound funny to say that an $80-ish wine represents fantastic QPR, it's true...beautiful cherry everywhere, beautiful balance, beautiful wine!
A mouth full. Ripe dark cherries and plums, earthy impressions, rustic. Firm but good bitterness and acidity. Very good juice. The finish is medium long now, but this wine needs another 5+ years of ageing. 92+
The wood is lovely dark and deep. In fact, I couldn't taste much but wood for the first three hours after opening, a sure sign that this lion-hearted wine should be left in hibernation for a another four or five years, assuming lions hibernate, or that it must be subjected to an extended decant. As the wood began to subside, I found increasingly appealing waves of ripe cherry and plum fruit, along with subtle back notes of menthol, leather, and light smoke. The finish was long, and impeccably balanced over fine grained tannins.
Upon reflection, this lone bottle, purchased at auction for around $70, is a symbol for me of the incredible value on the "high end" of the Italian wine spectrum. This beautiful and authentic wine, reflecting its terroir and traditions with great integrity, is a freakin' steal compared to other parts of the "luxury" wine world. Brunello is hardly a secret, but shame on me for not finding discovering this sooner. But patience is required!
Young Barolo vs. Brunello; 12/18/2010-12/19/2010 (Haslams House): Wine 3 of 8. Decanted for 5 hours before tasting (note to self - drink remaing bottles 2014+ as this wine is closed down). Medium red color. Beautiful nose - rose petals / floral / raspberry. Medium body (dark cherry / forest floor on palate). Long finish - lots of tannins. I preferred this to the '06 Vietti but 5/7 in group preferred the '06 Vietti Rocche to this wine. I wrote down 94+ but that was more based on potential than where it is today - 92+ today.
Ruby color with an understated/closed nose on decant. Round red fruit with a rather tart cherry finish. This is young but promises a wonderful future; I can't wait to watch this one evolve...I'm guessing this is a 95/96-pointer with just a bit of bottle age. This vineyard is becoming one of my favorite producers.
Darker fruits on the nose than the normale; color is ruby, not purple; dark, concentrated fruit flavors. Needs a lot of time, but this will be a blockbuster. A little tough to take now because of the tannins, but this is fantastic stuff. 94-95