Poggio Antico

~ Poggio Antico sits high atop a hill just south of Montalcino ~

….and now.

Poggio Antico sits on the main road from Sant’Angelo Scalo to Montalcino.  It boasts some of the highest vineyards in the area and enjoys a unique enclave of sorts just south of town.  The estate is broken into 4 separate vineyard plots surrounded by olive groves and woods.  It has been one of my favorite properties for a long time.  In total, 35 hectares are under vine, approximately 32 of which are devoted to Sangiovese.

This past March, I re-visited the property with my boys and we were all equally impressed.  The investments the new management team are making in the vineyards and winery are notable. As a result of these initiatives, the winery’s electrical and water needs will be self-sustaining.

Poggio Antico

~ Brick Oven Pizza with roasted potato and porcini was a sublime pairing with Madre ~

This article relates two anecdotes.  Not only will it provide a review of Poggio Antico’s Madre, but it will offer a glimpse of what provenance, storage and travel can impart to a wine.  During my March visit, one of the wines we tasted was the 2017 Madre.  Below is my note at that tasting.

Poggio Antico Madre Tasting (3/7/23)

Deep garnet in color.  This is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese Grosso.  Lots of Sangiovese character on the nose. But the black plum flavors come through.  Very well balanced.  Lots of black plums and tobacco.  This is chewy and tannic. Could use plenty of cellar time to smooth out.

Poggio Antico

~ A map of the Poggio Antico Estate and Vineyards – Madre is a single vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon ~

As you can see from the note above,  the bottle of 2017 Madre tasted at the property was still young and in need of cellaring.  Such is the joy of perfect provenance and a wine that has never left the property’s cellar.  Contrast that with the note below.

Poggio Antico

~ The large barrel room at Poggio Antico was immaculate. All wineries I’ve visited are keenly aware of keeping their environment clean. Crews had just finished cleaning and the floor was shining! ~

Recently, we enjoyed the 2017 Poggio Antico Madre at the wonderful Zero Otto Nove in the Bronx.  I have known the owner for years and he’s a wine guy.   He takes wine as serious as he takes his cooking. He has proper storage and often holds wine for a few years before listing it; the idea being that the wine will be in a more enjoyable state when ordered.

Poggio Antico Madre

~ This wine was simply delicious – in a perfect spot right now. So much so that we ordered 2 bottles! ~

This was also a dark garnet in the glass but displayed a copper rim at the bowl that the wine in Montalcino didn’t offer.  On the nose, this is all Sangiovese.  So interesting.  Loads of tobacco, black cherry and chocolate are easily ascertained.  On the palate, this is smooth and balanced. The black plum flavors support the cherry, tobacco and stone flavors which makes the whole effort that much more complex.  There is no trace of the hot vintage here.  So, if you find this wine locally, give a try right away. If you buy it from the winery, or have carried it home,  hold it for a few more years and this is what it will become.  I am impressed.  At under $45, it’s a tremendous value.   94 points.  Find this wine.

~ Another pie from 089. La San Matteo – with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage ~


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