This tradition-minded property is currently owned by the fifth generation of the Franceschi family. Estate manager Fabrizio Bindocci started in 1976, first responsible for viticulture, then adding winemaking duties in 1999. Il Poggione’s 320 acres of vineyards range in elevation from 500 to 1,500 feet, giving Bindocci, now joined by his son Alessandro, the resources to make a balanced Brunello each vintage; in 2010, favorable growing conditions contributed to something truly special. The wine macerates for 20 to 25 days on the skins with a submerged cap, then ages three years in 3,000- and 5,000-liter oak casks.
Rich, with excellent density, ripe cherry and plum fruit, and a well-integrated structure. Licorice, earth and tobacco notes add depth while this cruises to a long, tobacco- and mineral-tinged finish. Shows balance and grip. Best from 2018 through 2033.—Bruce Sanderson
- Tuscany, Italy
- Issue Date:
- June 30, 2015