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Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rose 2014 750ml
Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $19.99

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Price: $54.78

Initially established at the close of the 19th century, quality-oriented production commenced at the Francheschi family’s renowned estate only in 1958, when esteemed enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker. Situated in the zone of Sant’Angelo in the Colle region, Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of the 1965 vintage, an effort that received universal recognition as a consummate expression of Montalcino’s

Talenti’s tenure at Il Poggione spanned a period of over 40 years, but relatively early into his distinguished career, he began to train current winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, who served as Talenti’s assistant winemaker for slightly over two decades. The estate’s vineyard holdings currently comprise 247 acres in the Brunello di Montalcino zone; 118 acres are dedicated to vines for Brunello (both regular and riserva bottlings), while the remaining 132 accommodate Rosso di Montalcino production, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and white varietals.

Il Poggione is situated in the southern portion of the Montalcino zone, which generally receives the beneficent impact of a more full-fledged and generous Mediterranean climate as well as sandier soils, less wind, and lower altitudes than estates positioned in the northern zones. While the wines issuing from the south generally display a dense, fruity, low-acid character, microclimates do account for significant distinctions among the estates. Such is the case with Il Poggione, whose vineyards lie at a range of 150 to 450 meters above sea level. Thus, the estate’s wines tend to go against type—the regional proclivity— achieving a rare equilibrium between structure and balance.

Thus, while the wines under Bindocci have evoked a slight modern influence (primarily via their state upon release, which demonstrates a less evolved character than exhibited formerly with Talenti’s), they are still positioned within Montalcino’s classic school. Bindocci, in fact, is known for introducing modern elements in a very conservative/deliberate mode. The wines continue to provide a demonstrable illustration of Brunello’s capacity to age when vinified in an appropriate fashion. Early in their development, they characteristically display a fair degree of restraint, coupled with an inveterate potential for significant evolution.
Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Price: $59.99

The ’09 Il Palazzone Brunello shows a spicy, savory side to the wine. Ripe red fruit and flowers dance on a bed of earth, tobacco, fresh-cut herbs, spices and leather in a welcoming yet finessed bottling. Enjoyable now, this ’09 Brunello holds the palate with a velvety grip, and chewy, supple tannins linger on the resonant finish. Il Palazzone’s Brunello is unique in blending across three separate vineyard parcels that each provide different characteristics: one gives grapes high in sugars and phenols; another has soils that impart piquant minerality to the wines; and the third offers mouth-watering salinity and seductive aromatics. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the ’09 Brunello aged in large oak vats for 34 months.
Fornace Brunello di Montalcino 1997 750ml
Price: $65.00

This Brunello di Montalcino is put on the market five years after the grape-harvest; the wine is ready to drink now but can last several more years
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli 2006 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli 2006 750ml
Price: $74.99

Initially established at the close of the 19th century, quality-oriented production commenced at the Francheschi family’s renowned estate only in 1958, when esteemed enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker. Situated in the zone of Sant’Angelo in the Colle region, Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of the 1965 vintage, an effort that received universal recognition as a consummate expression of Montalcino’s

Talenti’s tenure at Il Poggione spanned a period of over 40 years, but relatively early into his distinguished career, he began to train current winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, who served as Talenti’s assistant winemaker for slightly over two decades. The estate’s vineyard holdings currently comprise 247 acres in the Brunello di Montalcino zone; 118 acres are dedicated to vines for Brunello (both regular and riserva bottlings), while the remaining 132 accommodate Rosso di Montalcino production, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and white varietals.

Il Poggione is situated in the southern portion of the Montalcino zone, which generally receives the beneficent impact of a more full-fledged and generous Mediterranean climate as well as sandier soils, less wind, and lower altitudes than estates positioned in the northern zones. While the wines issuing from the south generally display a dense, fruity, low-acid character, microclimates do account for significant distinctions among the estates. Such is the case with Il Poggione, whose vineyards lie at a range of 150 to 450 meters above sea level. Thus, the estate’s wines tend to go against type—the regional proclivity— achieving a rare equilibrium between structure and balance.

Thus, while the wines under Bindocci have evoked a slight modern influence (primarily via their state upon release, which demonstrates a less evolved character than exhibited formerly with Talenti’s), they are still positioned within Montalcino’s classic school. Bindocci, in fact, is known for introducing modern elements in a very conservative/deliberate mode. The wines continue to provide a demonstrable illustration of Brunello’s capacity to age when vinified in an appropriate fashion. Early in their development, they characteristically display a fair degree of restraint, coupled with an inveterate potential for significant evolution.
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 750ml
Price: $83.00

San Polo Brunello is produced from estate vines in the Montalcino appellation. Blessed with vines that enjoy a southeastern exposure in a naturally occurring amphitheatre, San Polo is able to employ organic and biodynamic methods of viticulture that keep these wines pure to their source.
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Price: $83.64

Established in 1923, Fuligni is presently co-owned by Maria Flora Fuligni and her nephew, Roberto Guerrini Fuligni. The estate’s portfolio comprises Montalcino’s classic duo—Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino—in addition to a Super-Tuscan known as SJ. Fuligni’s 25 acres of vines are planted primarily to Sangiovese, with a small portion dedicated to Merlot, the grape that joins Sangiovese in the SJ bottling. The estate has an impeccable vintage record and is known for producing one of the zone’s most elegant and refined Brunellos—even in challenging vintages. This success is a profound testament to the deft and artisanal approach of Roberto Guerrini—a professor of criminal law with a passion for Brunello—and oenologist Paolo Vagaggini.

Guerrini and Vagaggini determine the profiles of the wines in collaboration, and their efforts have authored an overall stylistic orientation that weds elements of traditional and modern viticultural approaches. The aging process reflects this integration of schools, as the wines are initially placed in French barriques (to stabilize the color) and thereafter, transferred to traditional botti. Guerrini’s guiding principle keeps things paradoxically basic: He simply makes wines that he can enjoy with friends.
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Price: $89.99

Savory herbs, warm baking spices, freshly tilled earth, balsamic herbs, and potpourri infuse the tart red and blue fruits in this caressing yet defined ’12 Brunello. Canalicchio di Sopra marries texture and structure, plush fruit and bright acidity, and silkiness and sophistication in this beautifully crafted wine. While approachable earlier than other 2012 Brunelli, this wine has the stuffing to drink for years. Influenced by the past and the present, Canalicchi di Sopra’s winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyard’s high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Canalicchio di Sopra consistently makes one of IWM’s favorite Brunellos, and this sophisticated, sneakily powerful 2012 bottling is sure to please the wine’s many fans.
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2005 750ml
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2005 750ml
Price: $99.00

Upon release, Valdicava’s ’05 Brunello di Montalcino was a big, brooding, tannin-heavy wine that clamored for time in the cellar. Time has tamed this beast, and it’s now a silky, finessed beauty that layers its succulent red and black fruits with tarry earth, black tea, warm cigar wrapper, baking spices and worn saddle leather. Expressive yet tart, this ’05 Brunello might be the ultimate food wine; its nervy energy moves it across the palate, invigorating the senses, and its lingering finish coats the cheeks with fine-grained polished tannins. It’s a perfect wine for Brunello lovers who appreciate touches of maturity on their well-wrought wines. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, estate's owner and operator of Valdicava, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. The result are wines that speak evocatively of the Montosoli terroir, showing concentrated fruit, a core of minerality, and that ineffable Montalcino earthiness.
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Price: $99.99

Remarkably genial and open-knit, the ’09 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino is approachable young, offering juicy red fruit, telltale Montalcino terroir, a dip into the tobacco box, and a sprinkling of spice with a round, velvety mouth-feel and silky tannins. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, the estate's owner and operator, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. The result are wines that speak evocatively of the Montosoli terroir, showing concentrated fruit, a core of minerality, and that ineffable Montalcino earthiness. The 2009 offers some serious power backed by elegance, precision and finesse, an early drinking evocation of the wine's elegant, aristocratic, smooth palate.