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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 103157
Color: Ruby red with garnet hues.
Aroma: Intense, stylish bouquet with hints of berries and fruit.
Taste: Smooth and elegant with polished tannins and an enduring finish.
Il Poggione selects its Brunello from vines that are at least 20 years old, when they’ve rooted deeply through the subsoil and can weather the intense heat of a vintage like 2003. This brooding wine is all muscle when first poured, with powerful tannins supporting rich plum flavor. It reveals more definition with air, the fruit aspect turning redder (strawberries, cherries) even as the sinewy tannins maintain their firm grip. Classically styled, with immense structure supporting its many layers, this wine will continue to develop over the next decade.
I found the 2003 Brunello di Montalcino a difficult wine to understand. I imagine the warmth of the vintage is a significant factor, but the 2003 is a decidedly modern, lush Brunello from Il Poggione. 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.