Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva 1997
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
Made from 100% Brunello grapes carefully selected for superior quality, Poggio all'Oro is aged for a total of five years, including a minimum of two years in French oak barriques. With a ruby-red color complemented by a rich bouquet, this wine emerges with exceptional depth and character. Soft, yet intense, it demonstrates hints of plum, chocolate and cherries. A wine of distinguished quality, Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is perfect for meditative sipping or as an ideal accompaniment to red meats and robust cheeses.
Blockbuster. Incredibly intense black cherry aromas, with hints of mint and red licorice. It soon turns to flowers. Full-bodied, and full-throttled, with masses of tannins and concentrated fruit. Very extracted. Needs time still. Best after 2006. 5,000 cases made. (JS)
Rock solid and compact. This wine is true-blue Brunello, meant to be cellared for 10 or more years. Flavors of plum, cherry and currant are pure, and there's far more fruit here than wood. But the tannins are like nails and they get harder and harder with each sip. Yes, it's a top-flight Brunello, but hold, for best results, until 2010.