Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Poggio Antico 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino

Poggio Antico 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino,
$53.54-$69.99, 95 points, begins a shade or two more Bordeaux in color than this Brunello's big brother Altero, having a less orange hue and a more red trending purple with an obligatory transparent rim.
Truffle, an earthy red cherry and only hints of savory, cardamom, and flowers, makes for a subtle though lovely aroma.
The less edgy medium-plus body carries a bounty of food friendly acids, layered and leashed tannin that walk into the finish with the aromatic flavors as well as toasty black cherry and tobacco notes with just the faintest red pepper and 13.5% alcohol warmth, not heat.
This is a wine of elegance, humility (power under control), and balance; I love this wine! 
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Brunello is the most consistently excellent of wines I've tasted, and if you are looking for something special to go with your Mediterranean lamb, that's what I paired this with, and a salad with Feta cheese and big black Greek olives, or a perfectly cooked roast beef with gravy, then think about perfecting that bounty with a wine that will enhance everything. 


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  1. Dennis,

    As you know, I love and have reviewed this wine too and I cellar Poggio Antico regularly. Your description is spot on: "power under control".

    FYI, Altero isn't so much of a "big brother" but a stylistically different wine. It sees, I think, almost exclusively barrique aging, whereas this white label is aged in a more traditional manner.

    Poggio Antico is great, and a regular buy, vintage in and vintage out.

    And your pairing sounds amazing!

    1. Thx John! "Brother" Brunello will do just fine then!
      Thx for stylistic correction; I loved both of them, and now consider: "Poggio Antico is great, and a regular buy, vintage in and vintage out."