Opened this for (yet another) friend who is leaving SG. Ruby-garnet in colour with a slightly bricking rim. Aromatic with tons of red fruits, cherries, smoke, cinnamon and a faint balsamic note. Bitter cherries, mocha, dark plums, spice-poached fruits and a touch of mint seemed to dominate the palate with ripe (albeit a little grainy) tannins, laced with good acid and a satisfactory finish. Drinking really well and definitely worth our trouble burying them in dark inaccessible corners more than 10 years ago. This Brunello will likely have another decade of life in them as long as provenance and storage are sound. For us, Il Poggione's version is one of the major textbook Sangiovese that isn't overwhelmed by oak or overly jammy, but shows clarity, purity and restraint to showcase what this Italian variety is all about.
Delicious with Peking Duck, roast pigeons and suckling pigs but also equally beautiful with handmade pici bolognese made with wild boar, burrata & zucchini flowers pizza, and nuggets of 36-48 months old Parmiggiano Reggiano.
We wonder how the latest release tastes like, and if they are still worthy of cellaring? Maybe a pizze e vino day is called for, sooner rather than later.