The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is awesome. Dark fruit, minerals, spices and a host of balsamic notes emerge from this powerful, textured Brunello. Poggio di Sotto’s 2005 is one of the most muscular, concentrated wines of the vintage. The intensity of the fruit beautifully balances the tannins on the finish, where mint and flowers frame the close. This is a seductive, mysterious Brunello that provides endless fascination and discovery. Readers will want to put it on their short lists! Proprietor Piero Palmucci gave his 2005 Brunello a full four years in cask. A 2005 Riserva is also in the works. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. Proprietor Piero Palmucci is not only making some of the most brilliant wines in Montalcino, he is now inspiring a whole new generation of young growers with his non-interventionalist philosophy to viticulture and traditional approach to winemaking. A visit to these small cellars is always fascinating, particularly spending some time tasting through barrel samples cask by cask. This is a stunning set of wines readers will not want to miss. The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino may very well end up being the wine of the vintage, while the Rossos reach a level matched by very few other wines.
Drink: 2015 - 2025