This week has been all
about wines that over-deliver at their price points: Valle dell'Acate's
two Sicilian beauties, De Forville's amazing value Nebbiolo and Barbera,
and orange wine sensation Monastero Suore Cistercensi Coenubium. All of
these wines clocked in at under $25, and they show my dedication to
bringing you fine wines at all price points, from all over Italy. I'd
like to finish the week with another wine that brings a great
value-to-price ratio, Il Poggione 2009 Brunello di Montalcino.
No, it's not under $25,
but you're not going to find Brunello worth drinking that is. This Il
Poggione Brunello is, however, under $60, making it an affordable
luxury. Il Poggione's Brunellos are structured, nuanced wines with an
astonishing balance of acidity and firmness. I like to think that Il
Poggione's Brunellos have the taut, muscled body of a lean welterweight,
and if these wines were a boxer, they'd be the pound-for-pound champion
of Montalcino in my book. No other moderately priced wine offers the
authentic flavors, complexity and sensational experience than this
contender of the "other sweet science." This delicious, brooding
Brunello packs a punch at under $60.
Along with this
Brunello, I'm very happy to present a pair from Angelo Gaja, the 2007
Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina and Sugarille, both in extremely
rare, extremely impressive five-liter bottles. These are wines to cellar
and to pour when you have a big gathering, and you want to revel in the
beauty of Angelo Gaja. Finally, I'm delighted to offer a new allocation
of a collector favorite, Aldo Conterno 2006 Barolo Riserva Granbussia.
You really can't do much better than this.
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