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In-Stock and Ready to Fly - The Double 93-Point, 2012 Poggiarellino Brunello - 11/15/2017 - Italy

Back in April, when we first offered the double 93-point, 2012 Poggiarellino Brunello as a pre-arrival, we knew it’d be a hit, especially given its big points and super sharp price. What we didn’t know at the time was it would count among our top selling Brunello of 2017. Now that it has arrived and is in-stock, this is another great opportunity to get in on a spectacular bottle of red and for under $30.

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 a price of $29.99, the conclusion is simple - load up while you can.

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2012 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino ($29.99)

93 points James Suckling: "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)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Underbrush, leather, sun-baked soil and chopped herb aromas emerge from this structured red. 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. It's a full-bodied wine that will reward several more years of cellaring. Drink 20192032. *Cellar Selection*" (01/2017)

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

There is something charmingly special about Poggiarellino. Ive tasted these wines back to 1997 vintage and Ive always found these wines to be true Brunello, through and through. Theres the beautiful acid line, the cherry liqueur notes, savory undertones, and that deadringer mocha tone that only Poggiarellino has. The 2012 continues to express all these elements, with additional touches of earthiness and rustic tannins. The 2012 is totally approachable in the near term and an exceptional complement to food. Poggiarellino continues to be my favorite Brunello producer and the 2012 has only served to reaffirm the exceptional quality of this traditional producer.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 06, 2017

This user friendly 2012 has big and bright fruit that hit you first, black cherries cassis and ripe strawberries and then the terroir takes on the rest of this wine, giving it a long finish that lingers long on the palate. Drinks very well young and will over the next couple of years.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 28, 2017

We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this wine ever since our memorable visit to the estate in 2016. Although we loved the 2011 for it's ripe fruit and immediacy, the 2012 delivers more on all fronts. The wine's hallmark Sangiovese aromas of earthy red fruits, sandalwood and dried florals burst from the glass while rich extract of red fruit and plum abound on the palate with smooth tannins and fresh acidity that carry it to a long finish. It possesses just the right balance of ripeness and structure that's impossible to resist.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 23, 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!Drink from 2017 to 2030