Poggio Landi, in the cool northeast zone of Montalcino, is a feather in the cap of wine entrepreneur Alejandro Bulgheroni. His 2012 Brunello is a fantastic buy for the cellar, with a very rare 97-point score from Decanter!
A perfectly ripe vintage has given this wine incredible perfume, which Decanter called “broad, ripe and juicy with sweet black fruit aromas leading to a big and rounded mouthful of long-lingering, spice-laden fruit.” Another Decanter reviewer describes “Heady rose-petal aromas partnered with a complex incense-like spice. Beautifully textured, super-smooth and refined in the mouth, with lingering acidity delivering an alluring freshness on the finish.”
Simply put, this is a dynamite bottle of Brunello to drink this evening with a grilled porterhouse, and in the winters to come, with mushroom pastas. It will age handily through 2022. Why not treat yourself to a few bottles or a case?
Sporting ripe fruit flavors of dried cherry and blackberry preserves, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is definitely a warm vintage Sangiovese. You are treated to abundant softness, fruity succulence and sweet flavors of both fruit and spice. All that opulence makes this a good near or medium-term Brunello that tastes pretty darn good even now at this young stage.
Deep ruby-red. Dark cherry and spices on the nose are complicated by flint and herbs. Rich, deep and quite tannic in the mouth, offering good cut but finishing with some dry tannins and repeating notes of flint and minerals. Deeper and richer than the 2013 Brunello, but not especially fleshy and not really any better than that wine.
Some attractive, spicy dried-cherry aromas with dried flowers and a subtly fragrant, dusty edge as well. The palate has a gently grainy array of tannins with a core of red plums and cherries. Drinking well now.