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2018 Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio il Castellare, Tuscany

£38.00 inc. VAT

We welcome to the UK one of the best value Brunellos available, Poggio Il Castellare. This estate seems to have hit a purple patch as this delicious 2018 follows hot on the heels of the 2015 and 2016 that both received a top rating by Decanter Magazine.

Owned by Tenute Toscane, Poggio Il Castellare stands on the top of the hill, surrounded by a radial of vineyards, as they say in Montalcino, that embrace the group of farmhouses. The soils here have formed through several geological eras and now consist of schist of limestone and clay.

The grapes are hand harvested and ageing takes place in large Slavonian oak barrels for 30 months and then for 20 months in French barriques. Before release the wine has a further four months refining in bottle.

What’s so attractive about this Brunello is how approachable it already is. There is an intense bouquet of ripe cherry, strawberry and soft spice whilst on the palate it is full but smooth with wonderfully fine tannins. It really is exceptional value.

The 2018 is starting to drink beautifully with ripe red fruit and exotic spice and received a glowing review from Eric Guido at Vinous.com, scoring 91 points and matching a number of 2018s that cost twice as much as this bargain of the vintage.

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