2012 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione IGT Alta Valle della Greve

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :


"Starts out smoothly, with firm underlying tannins, evoking earth, cherry, underbrush and cedar flavors. Leans toward the dry side in balance. Decant. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2022. 2,100 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"The 2012 Il Carbonaione represents a tremendous effort. This is a stylish and generous wine that delivers high caliber aromas of dark berry, spice, leather, cola and grilled herb. Il Carbonaione is a single-vineyard expression of Sangiovese from 80-year-old vines. It is the result of years of research into the variety by leading enologist Vittorio Fiore and his team. What distinguishes this wine is the quality of its aromas, the immaculate way in which they are presented and the silky, long nature of the mouthfeel. This is a beautiful wine.

Podere Poggio Scalette is based in Greve-in-Chianti and showcases the work of celebrated enologist Vittorio Fiore. This estate is known for its Il Carbonaione (an IGT wine made with 100% Sangiovese). As a result, its base wines - such as the excellent Chianti Classico - are often overlooked." (WA)

"The 2012 Il Carbonaione comes across as quite shy and reserved today, with less of its typical exuberance. That just makes me think the wine is going to need a few years to blossom. Sweet red cherry, plum, kirsch, spice and rose petal nuances gradually emerge from the glass, but the 2012 remains reticent and not fully expressive. I would not be surprised to see the market look past the 2012, as it is not at all showy, but that will just create an opportunity for savvy consumers. There is plenty to look forward to. Readers will have to be patient, though. Over the years, Il Carbonaione has built a tremendous track record of aging very well. Next to Chianti Classico's other 100% Sangioveses, Carbonaione is made in a sweeter, jammier style with more mid-palate opulence. Although showy in its youth, Carbonaione needs time in bottle to show at its best." (VM)

"This is really fine and balanced with beautifully polished, silky tannins and an impressive depth of fruit. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Superb as always. Drink or hold." (JS)

"This concentrated Sangiovese opens with aromas of underbrush, toasted oak, vanilla, mature plum and ripe berry. The firm palate offers fleshy blackberry extract, clove, licorice and oak-driven spice alongside a backbone of bracing tannins. Drink 2017–2022." (WE)

Winery Notes:
100% Sangiovese di Lamole (a naturally low yielding clone of Sangiovese) from 70 year-old vines grown at 1,350 feet above sea level with west-southwest exposure. The juice is macerated with the skins for approximately 12 days. Daily manual punch-downs ensure greater concentration of flavor and tannins. The wine is aged in Allier, Vosges, Nevers and American oak barriques for 12 months, and refined in bottle for six months.

Tasting Notes
Il Carbonaione has an ample bouquet dominated by the scent of blackberries and currant. This is a full-bodied, warm, rich wine with an exuberant personality. The tannins are balanced and soft, yet chewy and full of vitality, supporting a persistent and lingering finish. This is a legendary, iconic wine. Recommended with red meats such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina (grilled T-bone steak), venison and aged cheeses.