2011 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $40) SKU #1220229


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  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2011 vintage is a gift in that so many of the Brunelli from this warmer year can be opened and enjoyed now. The Poggiarellino is bursting with bold fruit, ripe tannins and an overall freshness that make it simply irresistible. It's drinking beautifully at the moment and it remains among our best value Brunellos. Fire up the grill and open a bottle of this wonderful Sangiovese.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a bold and complex Brunello, one that I suspect will age for quite some time. It is full bodied with big and layered plum, raspberry, wild herbs, mocha and tea leaf flavors, with an impressive acidity that craftily adds freshness to this big, bold Brunello. Its savoriness and herbal character make it a beautiful and powerful representation of Sangiovese.
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    Both the producer and vintage characteristics add to the full-bodied, plump characteristics of the 2011 Poggarellino Brunello. While the acidity and tannins are still quite young, the depth and boldness of the dark plum fruit creates a more balanced wine than many young Brunellos. The nose is filled with ripe fruit, savory mushroom and spice. A herbal character on the palate adds a layer of complexity and the long finish is filled with a savory plum skin character.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I first met Anna and Lodovico Ginotti in February of 2003. I was doing research on wineries on the Versante Senese (the slope towards Siena), and on the map I saw a producer called Poggiarellino that I’d never heard of. I had set up my week with five winery visits per day and I had one spot open, so I made an appointment. Poggiarellino is at the northern edge of the DOCG for Brunello di Montalcino. The road into this property is just across the street from the road to Altesino, one of Montalcino’s most famous producers. Anna and Lodovico both had careers in Siena, Anna as a teacher and Lodovico selling insurance. Then they inherited this estate. They had no relevant experience—it was a Tuscan take on the old TV show Green Acres! My visit was to evaluate this particular property’s character and see how it fit into the regional flavor profile. I had never tasted the wine or seen it in the market. They made a tiny amount of the 1997 vintage, preferring to sell most of their grapes rather than make and try to sell the wines. I tasted a couple of samples, thanked them and moved on. Then a year later they wrote to me asking if K&L wanted to be their importer. I returned the following February and tasted their wines again with a different intention and was really blown away by the intense character in their wines. Every year since, their wines have gotten more expressive and better balanced. The raw quality of the grapes from their property is awesome. You’ll see that in this 2011 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino. The nose of the wine is full of wild, marasca cherry notes with hints of leather, plum and earth. On the palate your first impression is of texture; this is a luxurious yet structured wine where the marasca cherry flavors swirl across your tongue. Sangiovese’s natural acidity lengthens and balances the finish. All you need is a Bistecca Fiorentina and you’re in heaven!
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