2011 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $40)

SKU #1220229 90 points James Suckling

 A compacted red with dried-cherry, toasted-oak and coffee-bean aroma and flavors. Full body with firm, silky tannins. Drink now.  (2/2016)

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2017 | Send Email
The 2011 vintage is a gift in that so many of the Brunelli from this warmer year can be opened and enjoyed now. The Poggiarellino is bursting with bold fruit, ripe tannins and an overall freshness that make it simply irresistible. It's drinking beautifully at the moment and it remains among our best value Brunellos. Fire up the grill and open a bottle of this wonderful Sangiovese.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
This is a bold and complex Brunello, one that I suspect will age for quite some time. It is full bodied with big and layered plum, raspberry, wild herbs, mocha and tea leaf flavors, with an impressive acidity that craftily adds freshness to this big, bold Brunello. Its savoriness and herbal character make it a beautiful and powerful representation of Sangiovese.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
Both the producer and vintage characteristics add to the full-bodied, plump characteristics of the 2011 Poggarellino Brunello. While the acidity and tannins are still quite young, the depth and boldness of the dark plum fruit creates a more balanced wine than many young Brunellos. The nose is filled with ripe fruit, savory mushroom and spice. A herbal character on the palate adds a layer of complexity and the long finish is filled with a savory plum skin character.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
I first met Anna and Lodovico Ginotti in February of 2003. I was doing research on wineries on the Versante Senese (the slope towards Siena), and on the map I saw a producer called Poggiarellino that I’d never heard of. I had set up my week with five winery visits per day and I had one spot open, so I made an appointment. Poggiarellino is at the northern edge of the DOCG for Brunello di Montalcino. The road into this property is just across the street from the road to Altesino, one of Montalcino’s most famous producers. Anna and Lodovico both had careers in Siena, Anna as a teacher and Lodovico selling insurance. Then they inherited this estate. They had no relevant experience—it was a Tuscan take on the old TV show Green Acres! My visit was to evaluate this particular property’s character and see how it fit into the regional flavor profile. I had never tasted the wine or seen it in the market. They made a tiny amount of the 1997 vintage, preferring to sell most of their grapes rather than make and try to sell the wines. I tasted a couple of samples, thanked them and moved on. Then a year later they wrote to me asking if K&L wanted to be their importer. I returned the following February and tasted their wines again with a different intention and was really blown away by the intense character in their wines. Every year since, their wines have gotten more expressive and better balanced. The raw quality of the grapes from their property is awesome. You’ll see that in this 2011 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino. The nose of the wine is full of wild, marasca cherry notes with hints of leather, plum and earth. On the palate your first impression is of texture; this is a luxurious yet structured wine where the marasca cherry flavors swirl across your tongue. Sangiovese’s natural acidity lengthens and balances the finish. All you need is a Bistecca Fiorentina and you’re in heaven!
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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14