Time again for another then-and-now Brunello comparison, this time with two vintages from Il Poggione. Funny enough the same vintages as when I tasted two bottles of CastelGiocondo.
1994 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione
A rather big, mature, deep nose with notes of red currants, tobacco, dried flowers, old leather and some paint box aromas. A lovely autumnal feeling about the nose, round, sweet and fine. Perfectly mature. Very, very good.
The taste is mature, tight and fine with notes of dried red fruits, dry chocolate, rosehips and old leather. Good structure. A fine warmth in the medium long finish. This is fully mature and drinking nicely. And with some food it was a great palate cleaner.
89p (tasted 2012/12)
2006 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione
A young, vigorous, seedy nose with notes of just picked red cherries, pine nuts, gravel and some fine floral scents. Very fresh, deep and fine. This has a great future.
The taste is young, tight and creamy with all the right parts - fresh, sweet fruit, finely tuned tannins and a refreshing acidity. Lovely notes of red cherries and currants, violets, balsa wood and a warm Tuscan gravel road. A long, pure finish with a fine warmth. Still very young, but I would love to have plenty of this in the cellar for the coming 10+ years.
92p (tasted 2012/12)