2015 Brunello di Montalcino
$79.99, $69.99 on 6+
Use Coupon Code 'poggione'
In an ocean of Brunello, they tend to fall into two camps for me in style, classic or modern, to which there is much more of the latter based on the trends in point inflation and winemaking the last 20 years.
BUT, for me, since I like traditional, it makes my buying decision that much easier since there are fewer options, and THAT I am ok with.
2015 is THE VINTAGE to BUY 6!
For the money, I don't think there is any Brunello at this price as classic in style and as consistent, these wines year in and year out are excellent and sit at the top of most wine critics lists with high points.
I have been buying since the mid '00 vintages and they are just starting to show maturity in those vintages. This is the sign of a well-made, layered and built to age wine that you look forward to taste over the years as it matures.
97 pts Vinous
Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers up a dark, earthy, almost animal-like expression, showing black soil and undergrowth, giving way to crushed black cherry, dusty spice, and dried florals which lift the experience. On the palate, soft, fleshy textures usher in fresh cherry and strawberry, as brisk acids add energy, with savory herbs and minerals saturating, as the 2015 Il Poggione’s fruit nearly masks its structural core. The finish is long yet fresh, with classic, fine tannins, dried red fruits and pretty inner floral tones lingering throughout this perfectly balanced expression. The 2015 s pure class and built for the cellar.
97 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a darker and more concentrated appearance than many of its peers. The wine is beautifully abundant and fragrant in the most exuberant and expressive manner. You will recognize aromas of moist soil, tobacco and smoke. Candied cherry hovers over the entire bouquet. Fruit is sourced from older vines (all over 25 years old). Il Poggione occupies a special spot within the Montalcino appellation, and the area always produces slightly more concentrated and powerful wines. I find that to be particularly true in this gorgeous 2015 vintage. I am also very attracted to that almost dusty note of crushed mineral that rides long on the full-bodied finish. Il Poggione's Brunello is also distinguished by firm, youthful tannin that need a few more years to unwind.
96 pts JS
So many sour cherries rise up from the glass, along with orange rind and lemon peel. The full-bodied palate has a very serious and concentrated core of florals and fruit, and the tannins have an iron-fisted, strapping build. Long, chewy and structured. One of the best in years from here. Drink from 2025.
95 pts Wine Spectator
Wild herb and Mediterranean [i]macchia[n] notes mark this expressive red. Though well-endowed with tannins, this is on the sleek side, showing vibrant acidity. Cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco flavors join the party as this cruises to a long finish. Best from 2023 through 2042.
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Vineyards: The winery's oldest vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level. Cordon spur and "doppio capovolto" training.
Vinification: 15 - 20 days "submerged cap" fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature 25/28 °C (77/82 F). Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.
Aging: Around 30 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl or 872 -1373 Gallon) followed by a long bottle aging.