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2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva SKU #1247993

Price: $79.99

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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)

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  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Some have argued that Brunello Riservas are not the best values and not always as good as the regular bottlings. In some cases that may be true, but we’ve found that the producers we import directly make outstanding Riservas, and this is no exception. This stunner was aged for three-​and-a-half years in large casks and an additional six months in bottle before being released. The result is a full-bodied Sangiovese with polished tannins and juicy acidity imbedded in a mouthful of weighty strawberry fruit. There’s also a hint of the classic Tuscan dust, my colleagues often note, that adds to the overall complexity. There’s nothing not to love, and this is truly a testament to great wine from a great vintage that delivers—and at a price that’s close to most non-riserva Brunellos.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    The wines of Poggio Salvi are rich, ripe, dense and full, but retain their balance and elegance. The 2010 Riserva Brunello is a stellar example of the vintage, and an exceptional bargain at this price. The palate has pretty black cherry fruit with nice earthy, leather, iodine and spicy notes, great structure and good balance of acidity and tannins, and an aftertaste that is incredibly long. Rockin 2010 !


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