Poggio Antico - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Poggio Antico - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Poggio Antico - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012

Red Wine
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Item# 83252-12

Product Ratings

James Suckling 97pt
Robert Parker 94pt
Wine Enthusiast 92pt
Wine Spectator 95pt

Ageing

1 year in 500L French oak Tonneaux, followed by 1½ years in large traditional Slavonian oak barrels. The wine was refined in bottle 2½ years prior to release.

Estate

Poggio Antico is one of Montalcino's most elevated estates, with vineyards averaging 1476 feet above sea level, southwest of the famed medieval citadel. Both the unique location and altitude privilege the wines of Poggio Antico, which benefit from the perfect exposure and enjoy favorable overnight drops in temperature, ideal conditions that increase finesse and intense bouquet.

History

Poggio Antico was founded in 1976 and consiss of 50 clay, calcareous acres of Brunello di Montalcino. The estate has seen a phenomenal growth, going from 50 to the present 80 acres under vine, developing two parallel Brunello worlds – the more traditional, larger-barrel Brunello, aged longer in Slavonian oak and the modern, finesse-driven Altero, aged in tonneaux of French oak; securing a stellar position in the global market and extending and upgrading the facility to ultrahigh-tech standards. In 2017 Poggio Antico changed hands and was purchased by Atlas Invest, and it is now directed by the new General Manager Federico Trost. Poggio Antico recently lead a soil survey to approach the plot-by-plot management which started with the 2018 vintage by identifying, and consequently harvesting and fermenting separately, the micro terroirs inside each vineyard. All the estate is currently under organic conversion and a renovation of the cellar and of the hospitality center are part of the new plans.

Tasting notes

Incredibly powerful, bold, and complex, this brunello is bursting with bing and maraschino cherries, cassis, and just a hint of balsamic. This wine is enjoyable now, but can also be cellared for some time to come. Perfect with steak Fiorentina or quiet contemplation.

Vintage

The 2011 winter brought heavy snowfall creating good reserves of water which were fundamental as the following summer was very hot and dry. A good shift between day and night temperatures during the month of August with a late rainfall, ensured excellent maturation and optimal harvest.