As per the D.O.C.G. regulations, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva must be aged for a total of five years as opposed to four required for the regular Brunello.
The Brunello Riserva Poggio Antico is only produced in exceptional vintages. In those years the grapes from the oldest and lowest altitude vineyard are processed and aged separately. The Poggio Antico Riserva spends three and a half years in wood; the first year of aging takes place in 500-liter French tonneaux while the remaining aging is in new Slavonian oak barrels. The wine is then bottle aged for one and a half years before release to complete the mandatory five years of total aging. The result is a mature, round and complex wine.
The rather limited production of Brunello Riserva usually averages 18,000 bottles. Due to its characteristics, it is a wine for which further bottle aging is encouraged.
The Riserva is an intense ruby red, with garnet hues. Its bouquet is usually evolved and austere, with hints of wild berries, leather, and roasted coffee. In the mouth it has a fully developed rich structure, and is very elegant and smooth thanks to its rich tannins. It is extremely well balanced and rounded, with a persistent silky finish.
To date Riserva vintages from Poggio Antico include: 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Poggio Antico also produces a limited number of Magnums (1,500 ml) of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Double Magnums (3,000 ml) are also released. Both these special formats are packaged in beautiful wooden cases, which are also available - upon request - for the regular bottle format (750 ml.).
Please click here for the technical sheet of the Brunello Riserva most recently released.