The estate of Poggio Antico has been owned for decades by the Gloder family but, since 1987, by Paola Gloder Montefiori and her husband Alberto. Carlo Ferrini is the winemaker. The Estate Brunello is combination of classic tradition and modern innovation. Vinification takes place in large stainless steel vats and the wine is aged for 48 months prior to release, 36 of which are in traditional large Slavonian casks. Every attention to detail is made, from the manual processess in the vineyard until bottling. The results illustrate this dedication to quality. 

Like it’s older brother, these results can also be seen in the subject of today’s review.   The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is a stunning effort in a difficult vintage.  I’ve long been a fan of Poggio Antico and by now, the quality of their wines should no longer surprise or stun me. Difficult vintage or not, they seem to get it done.  And this is no exception.
This wine is a dark ruby in color with pretty, clear reflections.  Very aromatic, aromas of dusty Tuscan roads, crushed berry, rocks and flowers leap from the glass. So pretty to smell.  On the palate, it’s simply the perfect accompanient to hearty food.  A medium bodied core of berry fruit is framed nicely by spices, sweet pipe tobacco and a hint of earth.  With Bolognese ragu with porcini, this wine was the perfect foil.  Buy with confidence. Producer over vintage.  91 points, about $23. 

~ Beautiful Little Brother of Brunello ~

~ Bubbly Ragu Bolognese ~

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