Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino
2005 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
Really powerful for the vintage, with plenty of ripe fruit and cedary new wood, yet balanced and pretty. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a long finish. Needs a year or two to come completely together. Best after 2011.
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast: October, 2010
This pretty Brunello opens with a dark garnet color and segues to aromas of black cherry liqueur, blackberry, soy sauce, cola and dark spice. It’s a brooding, austere expression from Tuscany with polished tannins and silky texture.
90 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: April, 2010
Poggio il Castellare’s 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is an attractive Brunello to drink over the next decade or so. Soft red fruit, spices, earthiness and herbs come together on a mid-weight frame. The intensity tapers off just a touch on the finish, but the wine possesses lovely overall balance just the same. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2020.
88 pts. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Jul/Aug 2010
Medium red with an amber edge. Red berries, dried cherry and sweet spices on the nose. Enters smooth, fleshy and sweet, with ripe red cherry, licorice and milk chocolate flavors. A rather politely styled Brunello, finishing with smooth tannins and a note of ripe red cherry. This will offer considerable early drinking pleasure.
Member Store Reviews
Though every vintage of this wine that we’ve carried has been exceptional, the 2005 deserves special mention for combining early drinkability and length of life. Currently the wine boasts robust spices and firm tannins, but in a few years we expect it to open up with dried fruit and a smooth mouthfeel. At any point in its life, the Poggio Castellare is a fantastic gift or special occasion red for any Cab, Bordeaux or Chianti drinker.