Friday, May 10, 2013

Poggio Antico 2009 Rosso Di Montalcino

Poggio Antico 2009 Rosso Di Montalcino, $28.30-$36.99, 93 points, poured a bright pomegranate red with a broad clear rim at the glass edge.
Fragrant nose of light red cherry, cinnamon, and cedar were excellent.

The medium-plus body was unusually satiny for a Sangiovese; displayed crisp acids and persistent, yet supple tannins.
Delicate red fruits were flavorful, rich, and expressive with pomegranate, strawberry, and red cherry tenderly leading the way. Mid to late palate erupted with a plethora of subtleties: bourbon, dried herbs, tobacco, menthol, and caramel among them.
Poggio Antico 2009 Rosso Di Montalcino finished on the trailing palate with accelerating spice notes that were long and satisfyingly. This is going to be a bit of commentary! Rosso Di Montalcino is often seen as a lesser Brunello (see John M. Fodera Rosso-Brunellos'-little-brother-Tuscan Vines), but this Rosso was as good, maybe better, than some Brunello Di Montalcino red wines I've tasted, and at a reduced cost. New Hampshire wine lovers and those new to wine may just want to plunk-down the few extra green-backs and taste an exceptional wine; I'm going out on limb here, but $28.30 is a value. I bought this wine with the Italian wine sale and a coupon at the NHLS outlet in Nashua (store 69).
Having two of Poggio Antico's Brunello wines in the Cellar is going to be hard to resist as of this tasting!

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  1. Uh huh. There are few better producers and this one is one of my favorites. What vintages of Brunello are you holding? I bought the 2006 and I'm still cellaring the 1997 and 2001.

    Great people and great wines.

    1. I just bought their two 2007 Brunello wines:-) I doubt I'll be waiting for ten years though:(