2011 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1243631


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K&L Notes

There were many highlights during our recent spring travels in Italy, and our visit to Poggio Salvi remains among the fondest. The winery is nestled in a picturesque forested area on the south side of Montalcino where the combination of clay soils and Tyrrhenian Sea breezes create ideal terroir for their outstanding Sangiovese. The estate has been owned and operated by Pierluigi Tagliabue since 1979, with a very simple philosophy: “traditional wines produced with modern methods.” Through judicious farming, minimal intervention in the winery, and aging in large Slavonian oak casks, Poggio Salvi is producing wines of exceptional character and purity. What truly impressed us is that, no matter the vintage, their wines remained excellent across the board. Much credit goes to Tagliabue’s grandson, Luca Belingardi, who is currently in charge of winemaking. We had the privilege of tasting through their current releases and are pleased to offer the latest arrivals from this storied winery. (John Downing, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    A superb example of this ripe vintage. The winery’s elevation, high up on a ridge facing the western breeze, provides a fresher climate than many of their counterparts and wasn’t as bothered by the August heat spell. Instead, this has wonderful plummy fruit, with the estate’s signature leather, iron and spice notes, that dominates the mid-palate and continues into a long finish. This wine is drinking beautifully now and I would suggest you enjoy it with pork tenderloin slathered with rosemary, or a rare T-bone with extra virgin olive oil drizzled across the top. You’ll enjoy the combinations!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    This was a very warm vintage from around August 10 until harvest, so our friends at Poggio Salvi picked a bit earlier to preserve the acidity needed to make good Brunello. We were, once again, impressed, as this wine delivers some serious Sangiovese goodness. It’s immediately soft and round, with great extract and a flavor-packed palate of rich cherry fruit along with just the right touch of grippy acidity. We couldn’t ask for more at this price, and we think Sangiovese fans will agree.


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