Bloomberg News just selected this as one of their 20 Wines You Need To Drink This Fall saying "Brunello from Il Poggione always delivers. Itís an elegant, classically styled Tuscan red with bright red fruit, sexy, earthy aromas, and firm but smooth tannins. Itís a sure bet and also good value in a touristy region of Italy, where itís easy to make some wine mistakes."
Brunello Il Poggione is an Iconic wine. Every vintage it get's top ratings and rave reviews. Sourcing from their 20 year old vines, the Franceschi family carefully ferments and then ages the Sangiovese Grosso for 3 years in French oak barrels. 2011 follows the epic 2010 vintage with real style and this one, from what is now a perpetual Superstar producer, certainly rivals many other house's 2010. Antonio Galloni scored this 94 points saying "A dark, powerful wine, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers notable depth and intensity. Il Poggione's 2011 is one of the richest, most powerful wines of the year. Black cherry, plum, lavender, cloves and new leather are some of the first nuances that open up. With time in the glass, the 2011 becomes more lifted, as brighter red cherry and raspberry-infused flavors gradually release. This is a rare 2011 that demands at least a good few years in the cellar. In 2011, Il Poggione did not bottle a Riserva. All the juice went into the straight Brunello." and the Wine Advocate scored this 95 points and said "Il Poggione has done a terrific job with its 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. The wine is soft, yielding and charged with a velvety and smooth texture. It is deeply redolent of dark berry, black cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. The wine's sunny personality never feels flat or too dense. In fact, the wine offers a very tight and steely backbone that gives the wine stature and strength. This is one of my favorite Brunellos from the 2011 vintage."