Deep ruby. Slightly musty nose opens with air to reveal spicy black plum, herbal bell pepper and graphite aromas complicated by a woodsy wet underbrush element. Better on the palate, where soft, ripe blueberry and blackberry fruit are nicely lifted by menthol, mushroom and plum notes. Both weighty and chewy, with impressive depth of flavor. There's something vaguely jammy and exotic about this wine, and although it demonstrates impressive power, its musty/musky herbal quality places the fruit in the background. It may be going through an awkward phase, as samples I tasted in February seemed riper and more fruit-driven, with little or none of the graphite and bell peppery qualities exhibited now.
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: June/July 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberry, rose and mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Rich, layered and powerful.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Poggio Antico and proprietor Paola Gloder have produced a brooding wine in the 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Made in an intense, full-bodied style, it is loaded with black cherries, scorched earth and tar in a very dark, almost menacing, interpretation of Sangiovese.