Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 DOCG Red Wine

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Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012

Tuscany, Italy

97 pts. James Suckling: "Enormous concentration, bright acidity and a stunning tannic structure make this wine stand head and shoulders above the crowd in the excellent 2012 vintage. Very dark fruits, but no hint of overripeness. Fine cocoa powder, licorice and black tea too. The complex and refined finish echoes down the valleys! Drink or hold."

95 pts. Wine Spectator: "This is plush, boasting cherry, plum, leather, mineral and tobacco flavors. Vibrant and solidly built, with a long, expansive and spicy aftertaste. Needs some time, but this should come together nicely in three to five years. Best from 2022 through 2038. 300 cases made." - Bruce Sanderson, June 2018

94 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a darkly saturated Sangiovese with a very etched and precise fruit profile. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva offers immediate aromas of black cherry liqueur and pressed blackberry. Those berry notes are followed by spice, cinnamon and toasted coffee. This Riserva hits the palate with direct force and precision. It does not show the jammy or cooked notes commonly found in Sangiovese made in this hot vintage."

92 pts. Wine Enthusiast: "This offers aromas of plum, truffle, new leather, exotic spice and a whiff of French oak. The structured elegant palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and espresso framed in firm close-grained tannins that give the finish grip. A note of dried sage marks the close." - Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2018


2012 marked another five star vintage for Montalcino. Heavy snowfalls in the winter of 2011 replenished the water tables, establishing good reserves for the vines. This proved advantageous as the summer was quite hot with very little rainfall. As a result, the berries were strikingly small which led to one of the smallest harvests in the region. More importantly, these small berries guaranteed remarkable concentration in the wines. Impeccably timed rain towards the end of August and September allowed for steady ripening and phenolic development. This coupled with the cool September nights ensured that the acidity was retained. Here at Poggio Antico, our high elevation and wonderful aspect ensured that the wines remained elegant. 

The Riserva is only produced in extraordinary vintages and it is aged for 6 years. The 2012 is characterized by concentrated fruit, remarkable tannin structure and mouthwatering acidity. This is a vintage which is definitely enjoyable now, but also has the necessary components for long term aging. You won't want to miss this release, especially given that the next Poggio Antico Riserva will be the 2015 vintage!

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