2016 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione IGT Alta Valle della Greve

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 97
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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James Suckling’s Top 100 Italian Wines of 2019: #88

"A fruity style, boasting cherry and raspberry flavors and a light touch of oak spice. Leather, earth, iron and sanguine elements creep in as this gains air. Firms up, ending with a dusty finish. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2033. 2,200 cases made, 700 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"Vittorio Fiore's 2016 Il Carbonaione is a robust expression of Sangiovese from a classic vintage. The wine is carefully balanced but also powerful at the same time, with bright cherry and wild berry aromas followed by tilled earth and garden herb. You also get lighter tones of licorice and tar at the back. Despite the opulence and generosity of the bouquet, the wine ultimately proves lean and elegantly streamlined in terms of mouthfeel." (WA)

"The 2016 Il Carbonaione, 100% Sangiovese, is silky and nuanced. Less rich and explosive than it often is, the 2016 shows a more refined, understated side of Sangiovese for this wine. Sweet tobacco, dried herbs, mint, licorice and game add layers of complexity. The 2016 is pretty, but not the overachiever it so often is. Quite frankly, I expected more given the quality of the vintage." (VM)

"What a crazy nose of pure fruit, featuring pressed violets, lavender, dark plums, cherry compote, orange rind, lemon zest, boysenberries, vanilla, Thai basil and bay leaf. The fruit is so overt and generous, yet presented in an unimaginably sleek way, the firm tannins keeping it compact and silky throughout, while the tangy acidity cuts right through to the long, structured finish. Drink in 2023." (JS)

"I followed the 2016 Il Carbonaione for three days and it only got better with air, its fruit gaining depth and richness, and its acidity becoming more integrated. However, it always offered ample upfront charm and grace as well as loads of pleasure. Possessing ripe cherries, strawberries, and even a hint of cassis in its fruit, it has lovely background notes of licorice, toasted spices, and blood orange. Medium-bodied and silky on the palate, it has a supple, seamless texture, nicely integrated acidity, and sweet tannins, all of which are beautifully balanced by the wines upfront fruit. This is an elegant yet also powerful expression of Sangiovese that has wonder depth and purity of fruit. Drink it any time over the coming 15-20 years." (JD)

"Made with Sangiovese, this opens with aromas of dark-skinned berry, green peppercorn and leather. The savory palate delivers dried black cherry, clove, licorice and a touch of sage alongside firm fine-grained tannins."(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.