Il Poggione 2003
Franceschi, Tuscany, Italia
29 € (Italian Delicatessen)
Medium intensity, dark red towards tawny color. Nose: Intense. Developed, secondary notes of leather and tobacco, herbal. Dark red fruit. Palate: Dark, ripen cherries, earthy, spicy, hints of tobacco. Medium(-full) bodied. Fresh acidity. Firm but soft tannins, both from the fruit and oak. Warm and long finish. Very nicely balanced. 14,5 % abv. 100% Sangiovese (handpicked from 20 year old vines).
A keeper! My kind of wine. Really liked this one. Expensive though, it is a good wine for some special occasion. It can be kept 10, 20, 30 years (who should know exactly?), and makes a good wine for specials occasions yet to come...
It fits very well with the dark meats. Sorry, it is a while ago since we had it, I forgot! But, nevertheless, I remember how much we liked the wine :-).
Brunello is the name of a local clone of the Sangiovese, Tuscany's signature grape. Grown at the hills of Montalcino, it is the base for these famous wines, that are along with the Barolo some of Italy's longest-lived.
Brunello wines must be at least 4 years old before leaving the winery. Two years in oak barrels is the minium, before the next step, the bottle-ageing. Il Poggione is claimed to have spent 3 years in French oak barrels before bottle-maturation, where the complexity develops.
Tenuta, the Italian word for estate, Il Poggione has its roots back in the 1800 and covers today an areal of 600 hectares, of which 125 are under vines. Go visit the website for more information and nice pictures.
2003 was the famous hot summer (which by the way is also when we moved to Sweden) and lots of wines from Italy and Tuscany get bad reviews. But this wine here tastes nothing like baked or marmelade to me, so I trust, it belongs to the lucky ones that got away despite the heat. I would definitely buy another bottle of it!
See the German blog 'Weinverkostungen' for a review of the Tuscany week, where also Brunellos have been tasted.