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2011 Poggio Scalette "Il Carbonaione" Alta Valle della Greve

SKU #1189669 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wonderful aromas of dried orange peel, blueberry and dark chocolate. Full body with firm tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Always a wonderful Sangiovese. Needs at least three years to soften but so beautiful now. Inner quote mark (9/2014)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2011 Carbonaione is another gorgeous wine in a line of successful vintages that goes all the way back to 1992. Blackberry jam, cloves, menthol, licorice, new leather and sweet spices flesh out in a voluptuous, racy wine that beautifully expresses the personality of the vintage. Today, the 2011 is rich, layered and voluptuous to the core. It is also incredibly primary. Readers who want to experience the 2011 in its full glory will have to wait at least a few years, but there is little question the 2011 is a worthy follow up to the epic 2010. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and inky, yet lively, exuding flavors of blackberry, plum and spice, with hints of chocolate and iron. The tannins are tucked into the rich texture. Finishes long and assertive. Needs time. (BS) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Inky ruby. A perfumed violet nuance complicates dark plum and blueberry syrup on the enticing nose, with red fruit notes emerging with aeration. Dense, rich and suave, with harmonious acidity providing clarity and cut to the very deep red berry and cocoa flavors. Finishes pure and very long, with silky tannins. This develops more of a red berry profile with aeration. An outstanding wine, but I would have scored it even higher had it reminded me more of Sangiovese. (ID) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

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