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November 07, 2016

Il Carbonaione, Poggio Scalette 2013

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This morning we are delighted to offer the stunning and undervalued Il Carbonaione 2013 by Poggio Scalette. Il Carbonaione stands out in James Suckling’s 2013 report for two reasons: it was awarded a phenomenal 97 points, equalling Tignanello, Flaccianello and Solaia, yet it is available today for £170 per case of six bottles. This gives it a Price Over Points Ratio of 20, a remarkable feat for a Super Tuscan, and one of the lowest POP scores we have ever offered, as the table below demonstrates. Suckling waxes staccato remarking ‘Wow’ and calling it ‘the best ever Il Carbonaione’, which is noteworthy, as it has been awarded superb accolades by most leading critics.

Wine

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Price

POP Score

Il Carbonaione

97

£170

20

Tignanello

97

£265

31

Flaccianello

97

£260

31

Guado al Tasso

97

£290

34

Solaia

97

£735

86

Poggio Scalette was founded in 1991 by Vittorio Fiore, who has been a leading consultant and oenologist in Tuscany for almost fifty years. Poggio Scalette was built out of a true passion for wine and as a canvas to practice his art. Fiore chose the Estate for its exceptional aspect, which is cited in the Greve hills at the heart of the Chianti Classico region,neighbouring Querciabella. Fiore works with his son Jurij at a height of 500 metres, an altitude ideal for producing wines of finesse, elegance and incredible longevity.

Il Carbonaione is Scalette’s flagship wine, first produced in 1992 – one of the stars of a difficult vintage and evidence of Fiore’s expertise. It is 100% Sangiovese, mostly vinified from vines over 80 years old, possibly the oldest vineyards in Tuscany. These vines are in fact an ancient clone known as Lamole, which is unique to these hills, and grown on world-famous galestro soils, the perfect medium for this varietal, giving the wine a tremendous power of terroir. The wine is fermented in open-topped stainless steel tanks, before spending roughly 17 months in 350-litre oak barrels, half of which are new, split between 90% French and 10% American oak.

Poggio Scalette has also developed a strong reputation over the last two decades for ageing gracefully and evolving a stunning complexity and elegance in bottle, even in off vintages. The wine displays excellent density, combined with ultra-fine tannin and power. It displays blackberries, violet and cherry, with a delighted chocolate flavour profile and sweet herbs, cedar and spice, reminiscent of Right-Bank Bordeaux on the nose. Needless to say, the quality at this price point is outstanding!

Il Carbonaione, Poggio Scalette 2013, 6x75cl, £170 IB - 97 Points, James Suckling

“Wow. The mouthfeel, depth and length to this red is really phenomenal. Full body, ultra-fine tannins. Blueberry, blackberry and chocolate character. Goes on for minutes. The composure and substance to this wine is amazing. This is the best ever Il Carbonaione. Will improve for years but taste it now.”

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