2012 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Galloni reported of the wines early, telling us the 2012 Brunelli were graced with a "lovely sense of radiance and forward suppleness to their fruit." Poderina is one such 2012, from vines in the southeastern sector of the zone, where Brunello reaches that superior quality in so many vintages. It's the same zone as the "original" Brunello, Biondi Santi, the folks who started it all, and Poderina is gorgeous in 2012. Or my perennial favorite – yours, too – Altesino, where my good friend, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini's 2012 marks her 40th harvest; a wine so precise and focused it will easily have you comparing it to the rockstar she bottled in 2010 – a potential Spectator Top 100! If you haven't discovered Marco Mantengoli's magic – La Rasina is on a roll – this may be your last call! This young man truly has the Midas touch. Pristine hilltop estate, pristine wines. Last – and by no means least – Caparzo, Elisabetta's other Sangiovese superstar, benefited immensely in 2012. As the only estate in the zone owning vineyards on all five sides of the Montalcino hill, they turned in a beauty. This is the group you want, a perfect way to build that perfect set of mixed cases.


Elegant and pure, this is drinkable now with a lovely detailed midpalate and lengthy refined finish. Not a blockbuster, capturing the finesse of the vintage.

93 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Jul 2017)

The La Poderina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino does a terrific job and never strays far from the Sangiovese path. This is a light weight and buoyant wine with vibrant berry tones, dark fruit, plum, spice, tobacco and pressed violets. The bouquet is authentic and shapely without being too bold or overly intense. The effect is seamless, in fact with a long and silky line of aromatic descriptors that reach a nice place of unity and harmony. The mouthfeel shows similar integration with some refreshing brightness at the back. The finish is a tad short.

92 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 229 - Feb 2017)

Subtle dark-skinned berry, brown spice, leather and truffle scents gently lift out of the glass. The palate is polished and full-bodied palate, with licorice, clove and white pepper notes underscoring a juicy black cherry core. Firm, refined tannins provide structure. Drink 2019–2027.

92 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2017)

Good medium red. Expressive, bright aromas of red berries, pomegranate and underbrush. Then bright and fruity, with well-integrated acidity giving shape to the wine and its saline, vibrant and very pure red berry and cherry flavors. Most impressive today on the fine-grained, taut finish, which displays sneaky length if not mindblowing complexity, but I expect that to change with another five or six years of cellaring.

91 points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (Mar 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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