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Community Tasting Notes (330) Avg Score: 91.4 points

  • A little over-ripe and sweet, which makes it seem a bit flabby even though there's decent acidity and structure. I wonder if it's more advanced than it should be due to the bottle size (375ml). Not bad, but certainly nowhere near expectations.

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  • Way better on day one, with pure sangiovese fruit singing in the glass 95. On day two the oak got a lot more dominant...

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  • Decanted 90 minutes. Served with pasta and finished later in the evening. Burnt brown sugar, soy, tobacco, herbs on the nose. Keeps getting more pronounced as the bottle sits open. Black cherry, tobacco, chocolate and soy on the palate. Tannins are softening although still present are not all enveloping. Lovely, intellectual bottle.

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  • No detailed notes. Noted early advancement due to dried out cork and lacking a proper seal. Still very tasty, showing mature red fruit, with italian herbs, tarragon, celery, and leather.

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  • I last tasted this wine, from the same OC, on 21st Sept 2015 and rated it 93. Then it was medium-full bodied with dark fruits and a lively acidity. With this current bottle, the dark fruits are gone, and instead I have cherry and red fruits coupled with quite high levels of tartaric acid. This has put the wine out of balance and, at the same time, has made it seem thinner. This is not for lack of air as by my last sip of the evening it had been in the decanter for around 6 hours. This seems like a totally different bottle compared with the one from September 2015. I'm still rating it very good, probably influenced more by the memory of the previous bottle. There is half the bottle left in the decanter for tomorrow, and if anything changes I'll post a PS. This bottle is so different (on Day 1) that I'm going to have to revisit another bottle in the not too distant future to see which experience is more typical.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2004 Brunello di Montalcino: A Vintage Full of Surprises (Jun 2009), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/1/2010, (See more on 93 points

    (Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino) Nice berry, dried berry, milk chocolate, anise nose; tight, tart berry, anise palate with depth; long finish (needs 6+ years)
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/18/2009, (See more on 93 points

    (Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino) Medium dark cranberry red color; deep pomegranate, persimmon, cinnamon nose; light-medium bodied, tart berry, tart plum, smoke and pomegranate palate; medium finish (needs 3-5 years)
  • By Richard Jennings
    11/7/2009, (See more on 94 points

    (Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino) Intriguing deep menthol, black fruit, dried berry nose; dried berry, black fruit, plum palate; medium-plus finish

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    2004 Brunello di Montalcino Taste Off, Episode #752, 10/13/2009, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 93+ points

    (Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino) #2 (tie); COLOR-medium dark; NOSE-great nose; big and bombastic; smells good; lots of big red fruit; almost like candied cranberries; strawberry taffy; PALATE-very meaty; big firm tannins; THIS IS PURE SILK; so smooth (I'm talking baby Misha butt skin smooth); rounded out with gorgeous bright red fruit (cherries); very dry as well; a SPECTACULAR wine; AG-95; GV-93+

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/13/2009, (See more on 94 points

    (Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; nice, lifted strawberry, smoky oak, baked cherry nose; tasty, focused, tart cherry, tart berry, boysenberry, spicy palate with medium acidity; long finish (needs 3-5 years)

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