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Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2008

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
  • RP 93
  • WS 92
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Winemaker Notes

Il Carbonaione has generous aromas of blackberries and currants. This is a full-bodied, rich wine with an exuberant personality. Recommended with red meats, such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina (grilled T-bone steak), braised short ribs, venison or lamb, and aged cheeses.

100% Sangiovese

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The 2008 Il Carbonaione shows gorgeous depth, precision and nuance, all of which are quite rare in 2008. Layers of smoke, tar, licorice and beautifully integrated French oak wrap around the deep fruit in its superb, articulated Il Carbonaione. Firm yet elegant tannins support the finish. I will not be surprised if the 2008 merits a higher score in a few years’ time. Il Carbonaione is 100% Sangiovese from an ancient clone native to this part of Chianti Classico called Lamole. The wine is aged in 350 liter French oak barrels, 50% of which are new. As it ages, Il Carbonaione often acquires notes of cedar, spices and sweet herbs that at times recall right-bank Bordeaux. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.
Rating: 93+

WS 92
Wine Spectator

An extracted style, dark and jammy, showing blackberry, plum and oak spice flavors. This is fresh and impressive for its concentration, if a bit rigid on the finish now. Be patient. Sangiovese. Best from 2014 through 2024.

Poggio Scalette

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Poggio Scalette
The vineyards of Podere Poggio Scalette take their name from the landscape, which is characterized by drystone walls that support the terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. From a distance the impression is of a series of stairs climbing the slopes of Greve. After the death of the previous owner, Podere Poggio Scalette remained abandoned for years until Vittorio Fiore (one of Italy's most famed winemakers) and his wife Adriana discovered the property in 1991.