Wine lovers across the world have been holding their breath waiting for the critics to say the word on what the Montalcino producers called ‘a perfect year’. After all the anticipation the Vinous report on the region has finally been released. Now it’s official: 2016 has been declared a great Montalcino vintage, on the same level with the highly praised 2010. “If I had to think of one way to universally describe the majority of wines from the 2016 vintage, I would offer that they are like a well-muscled black stallion in its prime. They are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet pure, poised and structured. These are wines that capture your imagination” (Eric Guido, Vinous).

In the myriad of premium wines from Montalcino, Il Poggione Brunello received one of the highest scores, 97 points. A wine with this kind of critical acclaim rarely comes at such a stunning price: only £25.50 per bottle IB, which gives it a phenomenal Price Over Points ratio of 17.6. Indeed, it is incredible value for an incredible wine: “Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries, nervous acids and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance, yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish, which is dark, mysterious and structured, with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination” (97 pts, Eric Guido, Vinous).

Tenuta Il Poggione is one of the oldest and largest estates in Brunello with 140 hectares of vineyards and around 200,000 bottles produced annually. Despite its size, it consistently delivers an uncompromising quality, while keeping a more than fair price. In fact, critics even say: “For the money, there is not a single better wine being made in Montalcino than Il Poggione’s Brunello. Truth is, it is also better than many far more expensive offerings. There are two Brunellos I would buy confidently in any vintage. This is one of them” (Antonio Galloni).

The estate is located on the southern slopes of Montalcino, in the warm, yet well-ventilated micro-climate of Sant’Angelo in Colle. The terroir contains varied exposures, soils and elevations; and a meticulous attention to detail is exhibited in the vineyards. All of this results in “impeccably balanced Brunellos” (Eric Guido, Vinous), “one of the most fairly priced, ageworthy wines on the planet” (Antonio Galloni).