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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator, 94 The Wine Advocate
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 104862
From 100% Sangiovese grown in soil with Eocene origins, rich in clay, which ensures perfect drainage. Fermentation occurs in 80-hectoliter stainless steel tanks which have a removable lid so the punch-down system is used, instead of the pump-over procedure, in order to achieve a better and gentler extraction, avoiding the use of pumps. Aged 64 months in total, of which 42 month are in wood. The Riserva refines the first 12 months in new French 500-liter oak tonneaux and then another 30 months in the traditional Slavonian oak barrels (capacity 37-55.00 hl.). The wine is bottle aged for at least 18 months before release. Big, firm, warm and very well structured, with loads of ripe fruit. Dense, yet silky and smooth, greatly balanced and with an extremely long finish.
Very dark in color, with a complex nose of Indian tea, blackberry, licorice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully integrated and polished tannin structure. Caresses every millimeter of the palate. What a joy to taste. No use waiting much. Best after 2010.
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a marvelous wine graced with expressive violets, black cherries, minerals, spices and subtle French oak. There is gorgeous clarity to be found in the glass, along with a beautiful balance of density and structure. The finish is long, vibrant and seductive. This looks to be relatively accessible early based on the sheer seductiveness of the fruit, yet the wine has plenty of stuffing to age gracefully for years. It is a beautiful effort from Poggio Antico. The Riserva spent one year in 500-liter French oak barrels, followed by two years in Slavonian oak casks. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.