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Poggio Antico, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Altero Tuscany, Italy 2006


There are handful of wines in the world as famous as those of Brunello di Montalcino from Tuscany. With a little bit of age, there is something about these wines that can put them on the verge of perfection. They contain a certain power, elegance, and grace which is unique to this terroir and the Sangiovese varietal; it can’t be duplicated anywhere else on the planet. One of the great pleasures in life is drinking a well-cellared Brunello di Montalcino.


The well known Poggio Antico Estate has roots stemming back to the early 1800’s. Over the last few decades it has gained a worldwide following due to their consistent and delicious Brunellos, which have earned the attention of critics and sommeliers alike. Poggio Antico has vineyards at some of the highest elevations in the region which brings consistent breezes that act as a natural healing agent, preventing mold and other fungal diseases from infecting their vines. The estate has 3 difference Brunello offerings; one of most delicious and approachable is the Brunello di Montalcino “Altero,” produced in the most modern style of all their offerings. This particular bottling spends one year less in barrel (24 months in French oak versus the traditional 36 months in Slavonian oak), allowing a bit more fruit to show through on the wine. The grapes are rigorously selected and the estate limits yields to 2 tons per hectare, almost half of what is allowed by law. When the grapes arrive in the winery they are destemmed and each berry is checked for perfection or it does not make the cut. Fermentation occurs in cone shaped stainless steel tanks which are strictly punched down daily by hand before being transferred to barrels for two years, then the wine is bottled where it will spend two years more before release.

The 2006 Poggio Antico Altero is starting to reach its peak drinking period and will continue to get better over the next decade. This is a wine that must be decanted for a significant time, ideally 1-2 hours, so please be patient. From the moment opening the wine aromas are delicate and floral. After an hour in the decanter the wine opens up and shows its power with notes of licorice, black and red cherries, black currants, dried flowers, wet tobacco, leather, smoke and dried clay, with slight exotic spice notes. With even more air the wine slowly softens and comes together on the palate with well integrated flavors of rich wild cherry, fresh red plums, red currants, dried earth and wild herbs. Again, please decant this wine for 1 hour before pouring and slowly enjoy the wine as it opens up, the wine peaks at about 2 hours. The ideal temperature for consumption is roughly 65 degrees and served into Bordeaux stems. Like all great Italian wines this Brunello should be served with food. My favorite all time pairing with a wine like this is Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a Tuscan Porterhouse, simply grilled with rosemary, salt and optional lemon. This should create a great evening with friends.
The well known Poggio Antico Estate has roots stemming back to the early 1800’s. Over the last few decades it has gained a worldwide following due to their consistent and delicious Brunellos, which have earned the attention of critics and sommeliers alike. Poggio Antico has vineyards at some of the highest elevations in the region which brings consistent breezes that act as a natural healing agent, preventing mold and other fungal diseases from infecting their vines. The estate has 3 difference Brunello offerings; one of most delicious and approachable is the Brunello di Montalcino “Altero,” produced in the most modern style of all their offerings. This particular bottling spends one year less in barrel (24 months in French oak versus the traditional 36 months in Slavonian oak), allowing a bit more fruit to show through on the wine. The grapes are rigorously selected and the estate limits yields to 2 tons per hectare, almost half of what is allowed by law. When the grapes arrive in the winery they are destemmed and each berry is checked for perfection or it does not make the cut. Fermentation occurs in cone shaped stainless steel tanks which are strictly punched down daily by hand before being transferred to barrels for two years, then the wine is bottled where it will spend two years more before release.

The 2006 Poggio Antico Altero is starting to reach its peak drinking period and will continue to get better over the next decade. This is a wine that must be decanted for a significant time, ideally 1-2 hours, so please be patient. From the moment opening the wine aromas are delicate and floral. After an hour in the decanter the wine opens up and shows its power with notes of licorice, black and red cherries, black currants, dried flowers, wet tobacco, leather, smoke and dried clay, with slight exotic spice notes. With even more air the wine slowly softens and comes together on the palate with well integrated flavors of rich wild cherry, fresh red plums, red currants, dried earth and wild herbs. Again, please decant this wine for 1 hour before pouring and slowly enjoy the wine as it opens up, the wine peaks at about 2 hours. The ideal temperature for consumption is roughly 65 degrees and served into Bordeaux stems. Like all great Italian wines this Brunello should be served with food. My favorite all time pairing with a wine like this is Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a Tuscan Porterhouse, simply grilled with rosemary, salt and optional lemon. This should create a great evening with friends.





Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-Region Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Varietal 100% Brunello (Sangiovese)
Production n/a
Alcohol 14%
Oak 500 liter French Oak Tonneaux
Soil Calcareous rocks over clay
Farming Sustainable
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Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-Region Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Varietal 100% Brunello (Sangiovese)
Production n/a
Alcohol 14%
Oak 500 liter French Oak Tonneaux
Soil Calcareous rocks over clay
Farming Sustainable
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