Poggio Stella 2011 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Posted by Keith Wallace

Poggio Stella 2011 Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva
Poggio Stella 2011 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Labels like this confuse most wine consumers. Let’s break it down.

  1. Vino Nobile = another term for the grape Sangiovese. The same grape that’s in Chianti
  2. Montepulciano = a town in southern Tuscany near another famous wine town, Montalcino.
  3. Riserva = In Italy, this means the wine has seen more barrel aging than usual. Usually a sign of higher quality.

So that label really reads “High-quality Sangiovese from the Tuscan town of Montepulciano,” and that’s pretty spot-on.

Wine Review

In the glass, this shows up ruby-red with aromas of wildflowers and quince. A note of burnt leather is layered into a spicey attack that ends with fennel and cherry. The texture is lush despite the delicate freshness and medium-bodied frame. There is a touch of age on this wine, coming out as orange marmalade and toasted almond on the finish—an outstanding Sangiovese.

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