Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018 - 750ml

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97pts James Suckling

Intense aromas of blue fruit, lavender and violets. Some sandalwood, too. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and beautiful fruit. Really racy and refined with excellent length. Drinkable now, but a few years of bottle age will make it even more beautiful.

92pts Wine Spectator

A ripe style, marked by vanilla and toasty new oak, adding depth to its black cherry, blackberry and earth flavors. Solidly built, this needs time to absorb the dusty tannins. Sangiovese. Best from 2023 through 2035. 2,200 cases made, 600 cases imported.

90pts Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of ripe plum and oak-driven spice lead the nose along with a whiff of menthol. Reflecting the nose, the enveloping, full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, coconut, licorice and coffee bean while firm, grainy tannins leave an assertive, mouthdrying finish.

Winemaker Notes

Il Carbonaione is a full-bodied, rich wine with an exuberant personality and great aging potential. It has abundant aromas of red and dark berry fruits - tart cherries, blackberries, currants, and plums with notes of spice. On the palate, the wine is lush and full-bodied with flavors of berry fruits buoyed by focused tannins unfolding over a pleasant, lingering finish.

Pair this wine with grilled lamb chops, sugo all'amatriciana sauces, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, and terrine de foie gras.