Standing on the summit overlooking a hill surrounded by holly oaks, cypress trees, flourishing vineyards and olive groves and bounded by ancient walls is the little town of Sant’Angelo in Colle that Il Poggione calls home.  Here the Franceschi family have been wine growers and farmers since the end of the 19th century. 
Today the estate is run by Leopoldo Franceschi who continues the traditional practices of the estate as he was taught.  With winemaker Alessandro Bindocci at the helm, Il Poggione’s wines have never been better. 
I tasted the 2012 Rosso di Montalcino at Benvenuto Brunello in January,  but recently we had the chance to enjoy a full bottle with some antipasto and a succulent plate of Cacio e Pepe. 

~ The Entrance to the Aging Cellars at Il Poggione ~
Il Poggione typically ages their Rosso di Montalcino for 12 months in barrique. However, due to the structure of the 2012 vintage, Bindocci told me that they chose to age the wine in 75% cask and 25% barrique for 14 months. 
Indeed, there’s lots of structure here. Bright violet in the glass with ruby highlights,  the 2012 gives off wonderul floral aromas with wild berry and eucalptus notes.  On the palate, the wine is long and very refined. A true sibling to Brunello.  The racy red fruits are framed by hints of oak that don’t intrude. Soft new leather mingles well on the finish as the wine trails off elegantly. Young and fresh and ready to drink now.  91 points.  SRP ~$25.  Disclosure:  This bottle was an importer provided sample.
~ Towering Rosso from Tenuta Il Poggione ~

Buon fine settimana!

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