Dominik Mueller

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2017 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino

Tasting note

2017 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino

Typical of Sangiovese, the colour is translucent, from violet on the inside to slightly brick red tones at the rim, suggesting ageing of the wine.

On the nose, a buttery sweetness of caramel. Spicy with hints of licorice. Accompanied by red berry fruit, but more in the direction of stewed fruit than fresh fruit.

In the mouth, the wine has a lean body but also feels juicy and animating. The tannins have grip and are astringent. On the palate a fresh acidity, red fruit, a bit warming. Rhubarb, maybe a little green at this point, and jam.

Spicy and drying on the long finish. This is a versatile wine that goes well with Italian dishes, such as pizza, but can also take on a grilled steak because of its tannins. Overall round, not without elegance. Drink within the next three to five years.

Drink through 2027.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 10 April 2023.


91Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM91 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2017
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Sangiovese
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:La Poderina
Appellation:Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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