IL Poggione 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino, (review below) just had to be the choice of wine today; between Spring's arriving with a reminder that Winter can cling even into May in New Hampshire (even the Eastern bluebirds were unusual visitors at the bird-feeders), and the long-haul of tasks that needed attending, ignited a niche for such a fire labeled 'hot' wine this week-end, which I deemed appropriate;-)
Those familiar with Brunello wines, know that 'hot' is not always a taste-descriptor befitting Brunello, but it almost always has a spicy finish, a little more heat (14.5% alcohol for this one), almost always is sexy, and always has you coming back for more.
Well, as you can see, walking, climbing the stairs, or just going for a bike-ride was quite difficult this week; so, lets get to the Brunello!
IL Poggione 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino, $67.99-$79.99, 95 points, begins winter's death with a sun-burst of fiery red-orange and tapers to a very broad transparent rim.
With the fragrance of earth, black olive, cedar, and black cherry spice, I've already begun to warm up.
I've always been an iconoclast (a person who attacks settled beliefs); you doubt me, but yes I have, and with the drinking of this excellent wine I have gone against Brunello for Dummies' rules number one and two: "( Don't drink) "Younger than ten years." Let breathe for at least two hours.
My first sip melted what ice was left in me; oh, very warm, and like C.S. Lewis' Aslan breathing life back into petrified characters, I too found my feet, then the "rest would follow."
The wine itself is iconoclastic with a near full body, great acidity (perfect for saucy Italian cuisine) and a bold backbone of tannin, the 2007 IL Poggione greeted me with a silky mouth, red and black cherry, woody bourbon, chili-hot spice with black pepper, spearmint and dried herbs, all of which carry onto a very long-lasting and extended finish; I'm glad that I only waited six months, and not ten years to taste-partake of this excellent wine.
I'm sure that over the next two days this wine will evolve, but this is my initial impression.
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