Brunello di Montalcino 2017, Il Poggione
A fabulous example of Italy’s most famous red wine, from an exceptional producer. Sumptuous black cherry fruit character on the nose, followed by fragrant hay, dried cranberry, dried cherry and kirsch. Underneath these, subtle nuances of creamy milk chocolate, truffle, violet, cracked pepper and seared steak emerge gradually. In the mouth, it has fabulous, velvety texture, with great richness from the well-ripened tannins, no shortage of flavour to plump it out and crisp acidity providing freshness and balance. This is absolutely delicious to drink already, although 15 minutes in the decanter before serving will help bring out its best. The wine’s concentration, tannin structure, fine balance and brilliant track record also suggest it will cellar well, so be sure to order enough to keep you going for a decade!