2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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The follow-up to the massively successful 2008 Poggio dell'Otto that sold out in hours, this bottling delivers the same immense value but this time from the legendary 2010 vintage. Probably one of the last great values to be found from 2010, it could easily be in the high $30s and still one of the best deals we have in Brunello. Our direct-import pricing, however, leaves this as one of the stores best values...while it lasts. Make sure to grab a few bottles and see for yourself what our team has been raving about.

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2017 | Send Email
As the incomparable 2010 Brunellos swiftly left the store, knowing that the 2010 Reserves would eventually take its place was comfort for all. Now that the Poggio Dell Otto is in stock, we have one of the best values of the vintage! Right after opening the wine has fresh and bold acidity mixed with savory earthiness and great spice. The structure starts a little closed, but after being open an hour or so, the wine begins to spread it's wings. It's tight structure makes way for a balanced and savory backbone, the acidity mellows and integrates with deep fruit flavors of red cherry and savory dried plums. It is long and lean on the palate. Excellent to continue to age or a great food pairing!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2017 | Send Email
Honoring the legend of the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, this dynamic Brunello vastly outperforms its modest price point. I am three days into this bottle and this Sangiovese is belting out the high notes! The intro showcases ripe flavors of Maraschino cherries, plums and cola berries, which bridge beautifully into tertiary characteristics like dried cranberries, aged leather and savory herbs. It is truly lyrical! The tannins and acid are firm, but are beginning to relax. Another decade of age will enhance this wine. You will be well-off opening this bottle a few hours before drinking time; there is a boisterous wine inside that deserves a warm up before the show begins.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2017 | Send Email
A Brunello Riserva from a fantastic vintage selling for under thirty dollars is a rare find. One this approachable is a steal. This is filled with sun baked soil, dusty cherries and earthy darker fruit all in an elegant and gentle package. The power of the vintage seems completely in check until the fine tannic grip shows up on the finish.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2017 | Send Email
Coming across a great Brunello is not hard to do. We've got tons of them. Finding a great riserva is equally simple, if you've got the extra coin to throw at it. But, finding a riserva from a great vintage like 2010 for less than $30 that is absolutely UNHEARD of! It's just not something that happens. A nose of big dark fruit and earthy fresh herbs. Deep and powerful, but not inky. This is serious wine appropriate for anyone looking for a rich red. Grab a decanter and get to it!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2017 | Send Email
The great 2010 vintage of Brunello is almost entirely gone and while more great Brunellos will come in, somehow we managed to get our hands on several bottles of another 2010. This wine is already showing the richness of the vintage and the producer. Dark, salted plum notes with earth and some sweet tobacco, long acid core and a coating tannin finish. This is everything Brunello should be, also it happens to be under $30 which makes this wine even crazier, Still I am all about crazy good pricing for wine like this.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2017 | Send Email
As a wine professional I am often asked what my favorite wine is. That question is nearly impossible to answer, but after few years in wine industry I start to think that Sangiovese is my favorite grape and Brunello is my favorite wine. And the reason for me to think this way is little gems like this 2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello. This wine is somewhat of a dark horse. At first it shows all pretty and lovely aromas and flavors of Marasca cherry and hints of earthiness. But that is only the beginning. With time in a glass it opens up and turns into spectacular combination of darker cherry, spicy balsamic notes, savory cedar notes and fresh acidity. All of it supported but not overwhelmed by structured yet well developed ripe tannins. For me the value of this Brunello is unbelievable and undeniable. I will certainly pick a case for myself.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2017 | Send Email
Solidly structured but surprisingly easy drinking already, Poggio dell'Otto Brunello shows ripe blackberry fruit with savory, dusty undercurrents - hits of black tea and woodsiness - though the lush character of the spectacular 2010 vintage is still vividly apparent. This is aromatic and flavorful, earthy but rich with dark cherry notes, plus some oak on the grippy yet rounded finish. With time and plenty of air, this deal of a Riserva will sing.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2017 | Send Email
Considering the demand for and quality of the 2008 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello, we've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this outstanding Riserva. It definitely delivers the added dimension of savory fruit we've come to expect from the 2010s along with just the right balance of acidity. This classic really opens up with ample aeration but truly shines when decanted. An unexpected surprise at an unexpected price.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2017 | Send Email
I’ve tasted and drunk this wine 6 different times and each time I get the same reaction, I say ”I remember this being better, more complex”, then over the next hour the wine grows, opens and begins to express the classic salty/savory flavors that this once in a lifetime vintage is known for. Each time I am more impressed, more convinced of how good this wine is. As a “professional” taster I usually get to spend less than 30 seconds per wine and usually you can tell right away, but sometimes, like this time, you really need to decant and spend the time. The nose is full of salted plum, wild cherry, ginger with hints of smoke and truffle that slowly arise from the glass. In the glass those aromas turn to flavors on your palate, expanding, growing and more cherry, bits of garrigue, spice and delicate leather while developing texture; it becomes more viscous, saturated while lengthening on your tongue. The wine rises in the finish lengthening lifting as the waves of flavor come together in the finish. Decant an hour before drinking and for the best experience accompany it with a Bistecca Fiorentina!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2017 | Send Email
During one of our staff tastings, Greg (our Italian Buyer, or Maestro as we call him in LA because he puts together awesome Italian deals) brought out this little gem and put it up against some pretty serious competition. The likes of Talenti, Barbi and Castelgiocondo were represented and those were seriously brooding wines. The Otto was an incredible stand-out for me though. The nose is immediately intriguing with notes of Maraska cherries, burnished leather and Asian spices. I love Brunello, when it begins to mature and this has easily entered its prime drinking window. Of course the biggest standout is the price. For well shy of $30, Brunello doesn't have to be a special occasion wine. The Otto will make you friends at barbecues during the summer and dinner parties in the cooler seasons. I can think of nothing better to pair with a beautiful porchetta, stuffed with garlic and rosemary and slow roasted. Or keep it simple and get a plate of salumi together with a little cheese. This is an all around winner and why we call Greg - Maestro!

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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.