2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Red berry, fragrant blue flower, dark spice and a whiff of eucalyptus come together on this one. The taut, structured palate offers dried black cherry, licorice, clove and a hint of grilled sage. Firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide balance and support. (KO)
Aromas of wild herbs and cherry are the hallmarks of this cherryand currant-laced red, backed by a lively structure. This remains balanced in the end. Best from 2019 through 2035. (BS)
Some dark berry and cherry with a slightly subdued character. Hints of cooked fruit. Full and softly textured. Savory finish. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva starts on a high note with nice fruit intensity and shapely aromas of dark cherry and blackberry. The bouquet shows a steady evolution with balsam herb, rosemary and dried ginger that is so perfectly distinct in Sangiovese from the Montalcino appellation. Compared to the other two wines from the 2011 vintage presented by Villa Poggio Salvi this year, this Riserva boasts the best aromatic integration and overall harmony. (ML)
There were many highlights during our recent spring travels in Italy, and our visit to Poggio Salvi remains among the fondest. The winery is nestled in a picturesque forested area on the south side of Montalcino where the combination of clay soils and Tyrrhenian Sea breezes create ideal terroir for their outstanding Sangiovese. The estate has been owned and operated by Pierluigi Tagliabue since 1979, with a very simple philosophy: “traditional wines produced with modern methods.” Through judicious farming, minimal intervention in the winery and aging in large Slavonian oak casks, Poggio Salvi is producing wines of exceptional character and purity. What truly impressed us is that, no matter the vintage, their wines remained excellent across the board. Much credit goes to Tagliabue’s grandson, Luca Belingardi, who is currently in charge of winemaking. We had the privilege of tasting through their current releases and are pleased to offer the latest arrivals from this storied winery. (John Downing, K&L)