Two “Rare” Treasures from Italy
*It would be crazy not to offer this wonderful Brunello, and you all know how much I love Brunello, at this below market price. IL Poggione makes real, classically styled Brunellos, which in it’s self is becoming rare in Montalcino these days. And in these great half bottles, they are just perfect for two people who want a great wine but not open an entire bottle.
Few classically-minded producers have been as successful as Il Poggione in giving their wines a moderate dose of modern aromas, flavors and textures without essentially compromising what is still a fairly traditional approach to winemaking. Today the wines are made with the submerged cap method. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel after which the wines are racked into 33- and 52-hectoliter French oak barrels where they age for three years. A recent tasting of the estate’s wines back to 1967 showed the extraordinary capacity they have to improve with age.
2003 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 375ml- 91pts RP
As this full-bodied Brunello opens in the glass, notes of dark fruit, leather, spices, chocolate and tobacco emerge, supported by the firm tannins that are the hallmark of this vintage. There is notable clarity here, but fans of the estate should expect an atypically ripe style in this vintage.
$29.95/375ml btl or $300.00 per 12btl case of 375ml’s
*On some occasions I come across some very interesting and down right awesome wines from the region of Campania. South of Rome, this is the area where you find Naples and Mt Vesuvius. I’m a big fan of the grape Aglianico, an ancient Greek varietal which is used to make the regions only red DOCG wine, Taurasi a.ka., “the Barolo of the south”. This big, juicy red grape produces some other huge, fat and spicy wines. Toss in some Cabernet and Merlot and you have yourself a “Super Campania”. That’s exactly what Montevetrano has done.
Proprietor Silvia Imparato originally set out to make wine as a hobby. Her family owned a small property in the hills in the province of Salerno, and in 1985 she grafted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Aglianico on to existing, old rootstocks. With the help of oenologist Riccardo Cotarella she fashioned a modern French-oak aged wine that would ultimately have a profound impact on the wine world by demonstrating the true potential of the wines of Southern Italy. Today, a number of important wines have emerged from the South but to the credit of Imparato and Cotarella, Montevetrano remains among the finest and most distinctive.
Italian Wine Specialist
West Palm Wines