2010 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino

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This may be the K&L staff's favorite Brunello producer; Poggiarellino is a tiny estate that makes phenomenal wines that we're able to sell at incredibly low prices. Still a little tight--it is a baby after all--this Rosso really opens up with some air, wowing you with aromas of vanilla-scented strawberries and Bing cherries. In the mouth, the fruit takes center stage, but there are lovely accents of bittersweet cocoa, vanilla and nutmeg spice all wrapped up in a plush blanket of tannins and acidity. This makes us really excited to try the 2010 Brunelli!

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2012 | Send Email
Superb depth and complexity in a Rosso di Montalcino for $17 doesn't come around very often. Great light red fruit with hints of cocoa and vanilla spices from the barrel. Superb value on this rustic favorite.

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2012 | Send Email
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A super star in our Montalcino offerings, poggiarellino makes wonderful and rustic northern Montalcino sangiovese- wines with earth, dust, and structure. This beauty, from the perfect 2010 vintage, is a powerful rosso that needs a couple of hours of breathing time before it reveals itself (or 5 years in the cellar).
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2017

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2012 | Send Email
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A dense heavy weight Rosso di Montalcino with excellent fruit concentration and purity. This is a big wine that shows the power of the vintage but has a remarkable backbone of acidity to boot. The 2010 Montalcino vintage is said to have been one of the most promising in decades and if this wine is anything to go by, I’d say early indications are spot on. Decant for an hour if drinking young but don’t be scared to lay this one down a year or two. Excellent value for such quality, 100% Sangiovese.
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2018

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2012 | Send Email
Much cleaner than previous vintages, which might catch people who dug that classic Poggiarellino barnyard nose by surprise. But today, it is all about the cherry covered chocolate nose and tobacco. Excellent!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2012 | Send Email
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2010 is just an outrageously good vintage in Montalcino, the best I have ever tasted. The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino release is now upon us and while the wines are absolutely spectacular they are more like Brunello than Rosso, fortunately they still have a Rosso price tag! This Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino is a powerhouse, deeply colored, structured and will easily have a decade plus lifespan. The flavors are classically Poggiarellino, that wild Marasca cherry flavor that is always in their wines shines through coupled with hints of earth and leather and it does smell more like a Brunello. On the palate you feel the dense power and structure, the flavors open up and more berry spice is added to that awesome Marasca wildness. The wine has a long finish and will age very well. To drink now open and decant an hour or two ahead of time and then try it with a grilled T-Bone, drizzled with a little Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Drink from 2012 to 2020

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2012 | Send Email
Like the 2009 Rosso, this is almost "baby Brunello." This is drinking great right now and will continue to do so over the next couple of years (but only if you can keep your hands off it and keep some in the cellar). Here is a wine that packs a wallop and lots of bang for your buck all in one. Give this Rosso about an hour to open up and wow! On the palate you will find ripe strawberries and black cherries, a little bitter chocolate, some hints of toasty oak and vanilla, soft tannins and very good acid that gives this a great backbone. This will work well with ribs or a pork loin. Open a bottle or two up for Dad and give him a couple to put in his cellar.

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Alcohol Content (%): 14