It’s hard to believe the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino from Poggiarellino can be had for just under $30, as wines of this a caliber routinely cost double that price. A power-packed effort, it was awarded a pair of 93 points scores from James Suckling and the Wine Enthusiast and, by our own assessment, is truly one of the standout wines from a remarkable vintage. While the name Poggiarellino may be unfamiliar to many, that shouldn’t be cause for a moment’s hesitation, as this bottling is the real deal and is sure to capture the attention of many a wine drinker. We were absolutely flabbergasted by the quality here and even more so by its very attractive price. This is a hot opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
As our Italian Wine Buyer, Greg St. Clair notes below, Poggiarellino is a tiny estate with an equally small production level. This small scale allows for a very direct and hands-on approach that really shines through in the quality of the wine. As the Wine Enthusiast states, this 2012 is “loaded with personality,” which we found to be a very apt assessment. Ripe and fleshy, it unfurls with a parade of flavors: plum, red berries, wild herbs, chocolate, tobacco, baking spice, and perhaps most notably, cherry. It is inviting enough to enjoy now, but given its fine structure is sure to develop for another two decades. At its special pre-arrival price of $29.99, the conclusion is simple, load up while you can.
2012 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)
"Aromas of plums and fresh thyme follow through to a medium to full body, chewy tannins and a lightly austere finish. Needs time to soften. Drink in 2020." (11/2016)
"Cellar Selection: Underbrush, leather, sun-baked soil and chopped herb aromas emerge from this structuredred. Loaded with personality, the palate delivers juicy layers of ripe Morello cherry, crushed raspberry,baking spice and pipe tobacco flavors, framed by firm, chewy tannins. Its a full-bodied wine that will reward several more years of cellaring. Drink 2019-2032." (01/2017)
|Greg St. Clair
| K&L Staff Member | Review Date:
March 28, 2017|
Poggiarellino is a tiny estate, this years total wine production is 583 cases, yes thats tiny and it is only by chance and spending a lot of time in Montalcino on the ground that chance meetings can happen. Thats why K&L is so unique we bring tiny gems that would be lost to the market or somewhere else at 50% more expensive. In the 2012 vintage there is a powerful statement of place and for Poggiarellino and that is manifested in the marasca cherry that wild and gamey Italian cherry that sends surreal aromatics, it's haunting, inviting, and seductive, its that incredibly complex aroma that you adore it in your Manhattans. On the palate you sense the ripeness of the vintage, not over-ripe but definitely with a hint of chocolate and plums it is a dense aromatically and like the vintage that richness is balanced by excellent structure underneath, this vintage shows far more complexity, layers of spice, distinct mineral components and a truly dramatic and long-lasting finish where the spice and mineral go on forever than the really drinkable 2011. In the mouth the wine is electric- it has a real, vibrant core that drives the wine the length of your palate with a lush, dense coating yet it never hesitates to be forceful and compelling. This is a wine that is capable of aging 15-20 years easily yet balanced and rich enough to drink now!