2011 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2011
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$64.95

"A beefy style, evoking plum, leather, tobacco and earth flavors, backed by dense, dusty tannins. Starts out juicy before the gruff finish takes over. Fresh and long. Best from 2018 through 2027. 20,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)

"Il Poggione has done a terrific job with its 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. The wine is soft, yielding and charged with a velvety and smooth texture. It is deeply redolent of dark berry, black cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. The wine's sunny personality never feels flat or too dense. In fact, the wine offers a very tight and steely backbone that gives the wine stature and strength. This is one of my favorite Brunellos from the 2011 vintage.

Il Poggione, owned by the Francheschi family, has reached new heights in excellence with the 2010 vintage. The single vineyard Vigna Paganeli Riserva is among my favorite Brunellos of the year. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to taste a vertical of past vintages spanning back to 1955. Estate manager Fabrizio Bindocci, with his son and daughter, accompanied me during this historic vertical. This magnificent tasting experience cemented the certainty regarding the aging potential of these wines." (WA)

"A dark, powerful wine, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers notable depth and intensity. Il Poggione's 2011 is one of the richest, most powerful wines of the year. Black cherry, plum, lavender, cloves and new leather are some of the first nuances that open up. With time in the glass, the 2011 becomes more lifted, as brighter red cherry and raspberry-infused flavors gradually release. This is a rare 2011 that demands at least a good few years in the cellar. In 2011, Il Poggione did not bottle a Riserva. All the juice went into the straight Brunello. (VM)

"A red with plum, meat, cedar and sandalwood character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, tight and structured. Racy finish. Refined at the end for a 2011." (JS)

"Aromas of truffle, ripe dark-skinned berry, baking spice and grilled herb unfold on this structured red but accessible red. The ripe, chewy palate doles out fleshy wild cherry, raspberry jam, cinnamon and clove. Well-integrated tannins lend an almost weightless quality. Drink 2018–2023." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Brunello is the prince of Montalcino wines, produced exclusively from 100% Sangiovese grapes picked by hand from vines at least 20 years old. After careful fermentation at controlled temperatures, Tenuta Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino is matured for 3 years in French oak barrels. After being aged in wood, the wine is bottle aged for a time, an essential process in guaranteeing the pleasing quality and complex attributes that have made this wine world-famous.