2006 Il Poggione "Vigna Paganelli" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is huge, powerful and totally implosive. The seductive allure of the 2007 is nowhere to be found. Instead, the 2006 is built on a serious spine of formidable tannin and dark red/black fruit. Hints of tar, licorice, rose petals and tobacco inform the powerful, virile finish. The 2006 is going to require considerable patience, but it is clearly a jewel of a wine, even at this early stage. (AG)
*Cellar Selection* This vineyard-designated riserva delivers perfumed notes of red rose, pressed flower and a bright, berry-driven bouquet. In the mouth, this is a plump, bold wine with thick concentration and loads of dark fruit such as blackberry and plum. The tannic firmness suggests at least 10 years of cellar aging. Overall, it is beautiful, elegant and bold.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Youthfully medicinal aromas of dark fruits and minerals. Brooding and primary today, with powerful black cherry, licorice, mineral and menthol flavors dominated by the wine's firm tannic spine. This extremely backward, structured riserva will need a good eight to ten years of aging and should be long-lived, but it's tough going today.
An intense red, but well-mannered, offering perfumed cherry, currant and balsamic flavors, all supported by firm tannins, with a lingering finish. Everything is in the right proportion.
Dark berries, with hints of raspberries and blackberries on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins and a medium chewy texture. It's a wine with pretty depth of fruit that needs time to open and soften, from the new wood tannins.