Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2012 1.5L


SKU 12781


Made of 100% old-vine Sangiovese, this gorgeous Tuscan red is made in a big, powerful style that captures the essence of the region and superb overall balance. It offers generous dark fruit, earthiness, toasted oak and mineral notes with notable length and richness on the palate. Winemaker/owner Vittorio Fiore visited the Bottle Shop in September of 2007, and we had a wonderful in-store tasting with this talented man. He is an incredibly quality-driven producer, and highly respected in Italy. After meeting him, we understood why. He crafts superb wines at his small estate Poggio Scalette - wines which carry a small pricetag compared to many of his Tuscan neighbors - and which are outstanding hidden gems for serious cellars.

'The Poggio Scalette wines aren't always easy to find, but they are well worth the effort. This is another strong set of new releases from father and son team Vittorio and Jurij Fiore.' Wine Advocate
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Alta Valle della Greve
Brand Podere Poggio Scalette
Alcohol/vol 12.9%
  • agv95

VinousThe 2012 Il Carbonaione comes across as quite shy and reserved today, with less of its typical exuberance. That just makes me think the wine is going to need a few years to blossom. Sweet red cherry, plum, kirsch, spice and rose petal nuances gradually emerge from the glass, but the 2012 remains reticent and not fully expressive. I would not be surprised to see the market look past the 2012, as it is not at all showy, but that will just create an opportunity for savvy consumers. There is plenty to look forward to. Readers will have to be patient, though. Over the years, Il Carbonaione has built a tremendous track record of aging very well. Next to Chianti Classico's other 100% Sangioveses, Carbonaione is made in a sweeter, jammier style with more mid-palate opulence. Although showy in its youth, Carbonaione needs time in bottle to show at its best.

  • js95

James SucklingThis is really fine and balanced with beautifully polished, silky tannins and an impressive depth of fruit. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Superb as always. Drink or hold.

  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Il Carbonaione represents a tremendous effort. This is a stylish and generous wine that delivers high caliber aromas of dark berry, spice, leather, cola and grilled herb. Il Carbonaione is a single-vineyard expression of Sangiovese from 80-year-old vines. It is the result of years of research into the variety by leading enologist Vittorio Fiore and his team. What distinguishes this wine is the quality of its aromas, the immaculate way in which they are presented and the silky, long nature of the mouthfeel. This is a beautiful wine.

October 29, 2015
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorStarts out smoothly, with firm underlying tannins, evoking earth, cherry, underbrush and cedar flavors. Leans toward the dry side in balance. Decant. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2022. 2,100 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, October 31, 2015