2005 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1060753 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a blockbuster Brunello that delivers pleasure and intensity on multiple levels. The aromas are deep and penetrating with an emphasis on cherry, forest berry, pressed violets, cola and balsam notes. The delivery is direct and generous and the mouthfeel boasts excellent length, density and persistency. The tannins are still tight. Wait a few more years to drink it.  (8/2010)

K&L Notes

Poggiarellino is an evolving star in our Direct Import portfolio. From Montalcino, this tiny winery is making superb wines at stunning prices. The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is true to the house style, full of gamey, complex dark cherry fruit, with nicely evolved notes of tobacco leaf and has layers of what the Italians call sotto bosco (the flavor of the forest floor). In the mouth the wine is supple, structured and shows a hint of toasty vanilla up front. The back palate is full of earth, minerals, and plummy richness with a long and intriguing finish. The 2005 shows more nerve than the plumpness of the 2004 but is exciting on the palate and is an excellent food wine. This wine will age easily for another decade. Decant for an hour or so and you'll love it. (Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2011 | Send Email
One of our direct imports and our best buy in a Brunello di Montalcino, this 2005 Poggiarellino exhibits classic sangiovese notes of savory leather and spice on the nose. The 2005 vintage is more polished and less rustic than in prior vintages, with ripe, black cherry fruits and fleshy tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now or anytime over the next ten years.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2011 | Send Email
I had the privilege of previewing this wine with Greg at this going away dinner 10 months ago and it was...amazing! When Greg told me it won't be available until the spring, I shed a little tear. But now it's here and you need to try this bargain Brunello. For only $29 it will rock your world!

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2011 | Send Email
The Poggiarellino Brunello is back but with less earthy/horse blanket funk and had more toasty oak and astringency which can be attributed to the new large barrels the winery purchased. The nose was layered with earth, savory herb, spice and dried plum. The palated was a bit richer on the mid-palate with ripe plum and herbs but with an astringent finish of spice. I loved this wine.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2011 | Send Email
This user friendly 2005 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 Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2011 | Send Email
Needs a little time, but classic Poggiarellino with nothing held back. Stinky forest floor, exotic wood, barnyard, ripe fruit, strong yet balanced tannin. For the most adventurous out there, due to the brett element, but perfect for those looking for an old school Brunello.

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- 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.


- 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.


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