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.
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