2005 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1060753


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K&L Notes

Poggiarellino is an evolving star in our Direct Import portfolio. From Montalcino, this tiny winery is making superb wines at stunning prices. The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is true to the house style, full of gamey, complex dark cherry fruit, with nicely evolved notes of tobacco leaf and has layers of what the Italians call sotto bosco (the flavor of the forest floor). In the mouth the wine is supple, structured and shows a hint of toasty vanilla up front. The back palate is full of earth, minerals, and plummy richness with a long and intriguing finish. The 2005 shows more nerve than the plumpness of the 2004 but is exciting on the palate and is an excellent food wine. This wine will age easily for another decade. Decant for an hour or so and you'll love it. (Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    One of our direct imports and our best buy in a Brunello di Montalcino, this 2005 Poggiarellino exhibits classic sangiovese notes of savory leather and spice on the nose. The 2005 vintage is more polished and less rustic than in prior vintages, with ripe, black cherry fruits and fleshy tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now or anytime over the next ten years.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    I had the privilege of previewing this wine with Greg at this going away dinner 10 months ago and it was...amazing! When Greg told me it won't be available until the spring, I shed a little tear. But now it's here and you need to try this bargain Brunello. For only $29 it will rock your world!
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    K&L Staff Member
    The Poggiarellino Brunello is back but with less earthy/horse blanket funk and had more toasty oak and astringency which can be attributed to the new large barrels the winery purchased. The nose was layered with earth, savory herb, spice and dried plum. The palated was a bit richer on the mid-palate with ripe plum and herbs but with an astringent finish of spice. I loved this wine.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    This user friendly 2005 has big and bright fruit that hit you first, black cherries cassis and ripe strawberries and then the terroir takes on the rest of this wine, giving it a long finish that lingers long on the palate. Drinks very well young and will over the next couple of years.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Needs a little time, but classic Poggiarellino with nothing held back. Stinky forest floor, exotic wood, barnyard, ripe fruit, strong yet balanced tannin. For the most adventurous out there, due to the brett element, but perfect for those looking for an old school Brunello.


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