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.
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.
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 & Spirits(2003 Vintage) Good bright, dark red. Reticent nose hints at red fruits and oak, with nuances of fresh mint and sage coming up with air. Quite tight, even austere, in the mouth, without the flesh or sweetness often shown by this wine in the early going. Very inexpressive today. The tannins build and coat the front teeth, leaving a distinctly dry impression. This may yet repay cellaring, but today it's tough going.
Robert Parker(2009 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/27/2014
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/2014
Decanter(1990 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Ruby centre moving to orange on the rim. Ripe, port-like nose with yeast and confection aromas. Lively, cherry fruit, that falls a bit short of the tartaric, and some tannins on the palate. A mouth-watering and well-structured wine.
Wine Spectator(1990 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/96