2006 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
The 1980 Brunello di Montalcino was the first wine in Italy to obtain the D.O.C.G. appellation (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita - controlled and guaranteed from the origin). The D.O.C.G. is the most prestigious classification of wine in Italy. As a result, only specialized and authorized vineyards can produce Brunello di Montalcino and a series of rules regarding production must be observed. <p>Four years of total aging are required for Brunello. For more than a century Brunello was aged three of these four years in wood, but as from the 1995 vintage this requirement was reduced to two years. Nevertheless, at Poggio Antico we continue to respect the traditional method for our classic Brunello, keeping it three years in large oak barrels. <p>Brunello must be produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes and a minimum of 12.5% alcohol by volume is required. Total acidity cannot be lower than five parts per thousand. At Poggio Antico the alcohol content, total acidity, and dry extract always reach optimum levels, thanks to low yields and the favorable geographical position of its vineyards
Wine & SpiritsRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/09 Concentrated and superripe, this melds plum and blackberry flavors. A rich red for steak.
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Wine EnthusiastRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 04/01/2011
Robert ParkerRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 05/01/2011
Vintage ChartRating for Italy-Tuscany: 96 (excellent)<br/><br/>Drinkability: too young, let it sit<br/>