2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva SKU #1313717


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Tasting Notes

The follow-up to the massively successful 2008 Poggio dell'Otto that sold out in hours, this bottling delivers the same immense value but this time from the legendary 2010 vintage. Probably one of the last great values to be found from 2010, it could easily be in the high $30s and still one of the best deals we have in Brunello. Our direct-import pricing, however, leaves this as one of the stores best values...while it lasts. Make sure to grab a few bottles and see for yourself what our team has been raving about.

Staff Reviews

  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    As the incomparable 2010 Brunellos swiftly left the store, knowing that the 2010 Reserves would eventually take its place was comfort for all. Now that the Poggio Dell Otto is in stock, we have one of the best values of the vintage! Right after opening the wine has fresh and bold acidity mixed with savory earthiness and great spice. The structure starts a little closed, but after being open an hour or so, the wine begins to spread it's wings. It's tight structure makes way for a balanced and savory backbone, the acidity mellows and integrates with deep fruit flavors of red cherry and savory dried plums. It is long and lean on the palate. Excellent to continue to age or a great food pairing!
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Honoring the legend of the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, this dynamic Brunello vastly outperforms its modest price point. I am three days into this bottle and this Sangiovese is belting out the high notes! The intro showcases ripe flavors of Maraschino cherries, plums and cola berries, which bridge beautifully into tertiary characteristics like dried cranberries, aged leather and savory herbs. It is truly lyrical! The tannins and acid are firm, but are beginning to relax. Another decade of age will enhance this wine. You will be well-off opening this bottle a few hours before drinking time; there is a boisterous wine inside that deserves a warm up before the show begins.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    A Brunello Riserva from a fantastic vintage selling for under thirty dollars is a rare find. One this approachable is a steal. This is filled with sun baked soil, dusty cherries and earthy darker fruit all in an elegant and gentle package. The power of the vintage seems completely in check until the fine tannic grip shows up on the finish.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming across a great Brunello is not hard to do. We've got tons of them. Finding a great riserva is equally simple, if you've got the extra coin to throw at it. But, finding a riserva from a great vintage like 2010 for less than $30 that is absolutely UNHEARD of! It's just not something that happens. A nose of big dark fruit and earthy fresh herbs. Deep and powerful, but not inky. This is serious wine appropriate for anyone looking for a rich red. Grab a decanter and get to it!
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    The great 2010 vintage of Brunello is almost entirely gone and while more great Brunellos will come in, somehow we managed to get our hands on several bottles of another 2010. This wine is already showing the richness of the vintage and the producer. Dark, salted plum notes with earth and some sweet tobacco, long acid core and a coating tannin finish. This is everything Brunello should be, also it happens to be under $30 which makes this wine even crazier, Still I am all about crazy good pricing for wine like this.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    As a wine professional I am often asked what my favorite wine is. That question is nearly impossible to answer, but after few years in wine industry I start to think that Sangiovese is my favorite grape and Brunello is my favorite wine. And the reason for me to think this way is little gems like this 2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello. This wine is somewhat of a dark horse. At first it shows all pretty and lovely aromas and flavors of Marasca cherry and hints of earthiness. But that is only the beginning. With time in a glass it opens up and turns into spectacular combination of darker cherry, spicy balsamic notes, savory cedar notes and fresh acidity. All of it supported but not overwhelmed by structured yet well developed ripe tannins. For me the value of this Brunello is unbelievable and undeniable. I will certainly pick a case for myself.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Solidly structured but surprisingly easy drinking already, Poggio dell'Otto Brunello shows ripe blackberry fruit with savory, dusty undercurrents - hits of black tea and woodsiness - though the lush character of the spectacular 2010 vintage is still vividly apparent. This is aromatic and flavorful, earthy but rich with dark cherry notes, plus some oak on the grippy yet rounded finish. With time and plenty of air, this deal of a Riserva will sing.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Considering the demand for and quality of the 2008 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello, we've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this outstanding Riserva. It definitely delivers the added dimension of savory fruit we've come to expect from the 2010s along with just the right balance of acidity. This classic really opens up with ample aeration but truly shines when decanted. An unexpected surprise at an unexpected price.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I’ve tasted and drunk this wine 6 different times and each time I get the same reaction, I say ”I remember this being better, more complex”, then over the next hour the wine grows, opens and begins to express the classic salty/savory flavors that this once in a lifetime vintage is known for. Each time I am more impressed, more convinced of how good this wine is. As a “professional” taster I usually get to spend less than 30 seconds per wine and usually you can tell right away, but sometimes, like this time, you really need to decant and spend the time. The nose is full of salted plum, wild cherry, ginger with hints of smoke and truffle that slowly arise from the glass. In the glass those aromas turn to flavors on your palate, expanding, growing and more cherry, bits of garrigue, spice and delicate leather while developing texture; it becomes more viscous, saturated while lengthening on your tongue. The wine rises in the finish lengthening lifting as the waves of flavor come together in the finish. Decant an hour before drinking and for the best experience accompany it with a Bistecca Fiorentina!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    During one of our staff tastings, Greg (our Italian Buyer, or Maestro as we call him in LA because he puts together awesome Italian deals) brought out this little gem and put it up against some pretty serious competition. The likes of Talenti, Barbi and Castelgiocondo were represented and those were seriously brooding wines. The Otto was an incredible stand-out for me though. The nose is immediately intriguing with notes of Maraska cherries, burnished leather and Asian spices. I love Brunello, when it begins to mature and this has easily entered its prime drinking window. Of course the biggest standout is the price. For well shy of $30, Brunello doesn't have to be a special occasion wine. The Otto will make you friends at barbecues during the summer and dinner parties in the cooler seasons. I can think of nothing better to pair with a beautiful porchetta, stuffed with garlic and rosemary and slow roasted. Or keep it simple and get a plate of salumi together with a little cheese. This is an all around winner and why we call Greg - Maestro!


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