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  • 2001 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (7/10/2009)
    Dark ruby colour. Very closed/restrained. Hints of orange peel, peach, sottobosco, hints of cocoa. Medium-full bodied, very closed. Most structure - fine tannins, but some hints of dark fruit. Moderate finish, ~30s. Do not touch until at least 2012, maybe later, as this needs more cellaring. NR.

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Thanks for the update on this wine!
Orange peel and peach seem a bit odd for me on a Brunello of this age. But then again, I've only limited experience with Poggio Antico. Is it something you find in other Brunelli?

Anyway, I'll follow your (much respected) orders and won't touch my bottles of this wine for some time to come.
I tend to find peach notes in younger wines in which the wood hasn't integrated yet. With time that falls off. Particularly in Brunello that use mid-sized French oak barrels for some portion of the aging as opposed to more heady use of toasted French barriques which is more vanilla-eske. For example, I will also get that in Fuligni. But it tends to go away with time.

As for the orange peel, I just call it as I see (smell?) it. The wine at this stage is very awkward so I can't say I'm terribly surprised at anything I find in it. Hold off and with further cellar in will blossom into something really nice. I've always enjoyed the normale to the Altero.

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