Poggio Antico 2016 Brunello di Montalcino 'Altero'
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Poggio Antico is amongst the highest altitude vineyards in Montalcino with an average of 480 metres. We have been long admirers of these wines, winemaker Paola Gloder has been at the top of her game for several decades. We have seen their style evolve over a number of years, with less emphasis on oak, particularly this wine, which is now only aged in 500L barrels rather than the barriques of previous vintages, and the wine is all the more expressive for it. This year this wine really stood out in our tastings for its depth and concentration, one of the more hedonistic examples of Brunello in 2016, but still true to its identity. Drink from 2026, with an expectation that it will go much longer.
"Mid to deep ruby. Deeper and more brooding than the regular Brunello. Quite closed on the palate but this is real class in the making. Racy cherry palate with gorgeous coating tannins with amazing depth and spread." Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com, 18 Pts
"If you have visited the site that gives birth to this wine, it's impossible to forget the view. This is one of the only (maybe the only) vineyard in Montalcino from which you can see the twinkle of light that reflects off the Tyrrhenian Sea in the far distance. That altitude, exposure and open panorama shapes the very elegant Poggio Antico 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Altero. Specifically, the fruit comes from Il Vignone, located in the I Poggi area, at 500 meters in altitude (very high for Montalcino). Il Vignone measures just under five hectares and sees loose, well-draining soils. The wine reveals dark fruit intensity and concentration with black cherry, plum and tilled earth. There's a tangy hint of tilled earth or dried lilac as well. The character of this wine is more robust for sure, but that elegance that we saw in the classic Brunello is also present here." Monica Larner, Robertparker.com, 96 Pts