You have heard us scream about it before, 2016 was not only the year of Tuscany, but Sangiovese. The year simply did not end with the perfect Sassicaia or the cult-like Matarocchio over in the tiny hamlet of Bolgheri. Sure, there was Tignanello, Percarlo, Le Pergole Torte, Flaccianello, and now it is 2016 Brunello di Montalcino that is rewriting all the books. However, before all this noise began, there was the little overachieving, single vineyard Poggio Valente from Scansano. It is here in the hills inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea between Bolgheri and the border of Lazio, that Tuscany’s native Sangiovese, known as Morellino in these parts, excelled with unrivalled value. Monica Larner stated, “the 2016 Poggio Valente is precise and direct, the result of a lot of enological brain power and Coastal Tuscany's answer to Brunello Montalcino.” And for those keeping score, it is the highest reviewed Poggio Valente in twenty years of keeping Tuscan enthusiasts satisfied.\
Well, the IWM team revisited the 2016 Poggio Valente once again, and we emphatically agree. We would add the extra bottle age has done its job and this wine is rocking today with a quick decant! Super expressive right from the pull of the cork, and the wine becomes even more intoxicating with just a little airtime. This is 100% unadulterated, premiere cru-like Sangiovese under forty dollars that will transport you to the Maremma with a more Mediterranean take on Tuscany’s noble native varietal.
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “There is a whole lot of bottled awesomeness here. We had this after some grand cru classé Bordeaux and it held its own quite well. And from the classic vintage of 2016, it’s a whole lot of wine under $38 a bottle. The wine begins with earthy nuances and unfolds too much of the flavor spectrum, you can expect cherry galore, dried strawberries, tomato leaf, coffee bean, saddle leather, baked earth, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and wild herbs. The wine is structured with firm tannins that loosen with aeration. In fact, we recommend a one hour decant if drinking this age-worthy wine today. I just think this is the perfect food wine, and for me that begins with a sausage pizza, or since we are in the Maremma, some pasta with wild boar ragu.”