2016 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)15 0 0 0
Poggio Antico has 33 hectares of vines, of which 26 hectares are earmarked for the production of Brunello di Montalcino. The vines are located at 380 to 450 meters (almost 1,500 feet) above sea level and are one of the Tuscan appellation’s highest vineyards. This translates to freshness and finesse in their wines.
"Classic Sangiovese aromas of underbrush, wild berry and new leather mingle with whiffs of camphor. Supremely elegant, the focused palate shows precision and great energy, featuring juicy red cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and black tea set against chiseled, refined tannins. Vibrant acidity keeps it balanced while a salty mineral note lingers on the close. Fantastic showing. Drink 2026–2041." 96 points / Cellar Selection - Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast, May 2021)
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino offers a pure and classic expression of the vintage with bright fruit tones, wild cherry, toasted nut, blue flower and forest floor. Whereas the other wines in the Poggio Antico portfolio undergo aging in smaller tonneaux, this wine is aged in large Slavonian casks instead. You taste the lift and brightness of the fruit, and it's all quite lovely. Grapes are sourced across a 13-hectare site at a very high 500 meters in elevation. The name of this area is I Poggi, and the soils here are a bit lighter and rockier with both schistous galestro and limestone alberese. I love the delicate approach here, the intensity of those floral aromas, and the silky nature of the mouthfeel. Some 34,000 bottles will be released in January 2021. This classic Brunello really stands out." 95+ points - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate, Nov. 2020)
"This is so aromatic and floral with cedar, dried roses, and black cherries. It’s full-bodied, yet so refined and tight with silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Tight and focused. Needs time to open, but shows beautiful finesse and focus. Drink after 2024." 95 points - James Suckling (29 Oct, 2020)