2006 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 02-21-2009
My new favorite wine under $20. It took about 2.5 hours in the decanter to really come into its own, but after that, this is simply a bottle of rustic awesomeness. Dense brick red, with a nose -- more complex than anything I've experienced at this price point -- of saddle leather, mushrooms, cherries, pain grille (this last one dissipates into the background as it opens up, but dominated the nose for me out of the bottle), and more. Mouthfeel is pleasant but rough around the edges, with big, upfront tannins that blend quickly into some huge fruit. It has a beautiful, long finish that, in the very end, is (somewhat oddly) reminiscent of cake batter. With the big tannins and fruit, I expect this one could handle a few years (maybe 5?) of cellar time. 5 glasses at the price; 4.5 glasses overall. Can't believe there were only 300 cases produced, and K&L has more than 20 of them to sell us.
Drink from 2010 to 2010