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This Week's Tasting
Brunello di Montalcino - Il Poggione and Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta
September 26, 2018
Peter writes, "Brunello di Montalcino is considered one of the most famous and one of the greatest wines of Italy. Tonight we will show wines from two of the very best producers.""
Pieve Santa Restituta
We will be showing Brunellos from two recent vintages, both highly regarded yet stylistically different. 2012 was a warmer vintage and 2013 was more classic.
Il Poggione was founded in the early 1900s by Lavinio Francheschi. Many generations later the Francheschi family still runs the estate. Pieve Santa Restituta is named after the church that was built there in the 7th century. The property was acquired by Angelo Gaja in 1994. Of course Gaja had already become one of the most famous Italian wine makers in the world for his work in Barbaresco.
We will begin tonight with the 2016 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino. Almost every producer in Montalcino makes a wine from younger vines called Rosso di Montalcino. This wine is still 100% Sangiovese but sees less aging in wood and is meant to be drinkable early.
Il Poggione makes their Brunello aged in large French oak format. The 2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino is rich and stylish. We will follow this with the 2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino. All of Gaja’s Brunello is aged in barrique for a year which adds some spice and notes of vanilla and then large botti for a year.
The single vineyard 2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is always a fabulous wine. The complexity is well balanced. The 2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Rennina is a blend of four of the best plots around the estate and exhibits a rich, round texture. Finally, the 2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille displays an intensity only found in the greatest wines.
Bob Zohn from United Liquors will be helping with the tasting tonight and we thank him in advance.
2016 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino: Very Good Plus Plus 27/bottle 24.30/mixed case 22.95/case
2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino: Excellent 90/bottle 81.00/mixed case 76.50/case
2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino: Excellent 96/bottle 86.40/case 81.60/case
2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli: Outstanding 138/bottle 124.20/mixed case 117.30/case
2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Rennina: Outstanding 192/bottle 172.80/mixed case 163.20/case
2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille: Superb 210/bottle189/mixed case 178.50/case
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- Peter Hemenway