James Suckling, 95 points
"A creamy, ripe-tannined red with chocolate, berry, light vanilla and cappuccino character and a solid core of fruit and polished tannins. It’s full-bodied and well crafted. Better after 2022, when it will all come together."
Wine Spectator, 95 points
"An alluring array of blackberry, black cherry and violet aromas introduces this supple, elegant red. Spice, mineral and tobacco elements emerge, along with firm, refined tannins, but this is all about the pure fruit. Shows terrific harmony and length. Sangiovese. Best from 2022 through 2040. 2,200 cases made, 600 cases imported."
Vinous, 93+ points
“The 2017 Il Carbonaione is a very beautiful and expressive wine. It is also quite ripe and forward, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. I would use those qualities to their advantage, as the 2017 is likely to mature faster than other recent vintages, and that's when Il Carbonaione really blossoms. Sweet pipe tobacco, leather, mint, game and licorice are some of the notes that are laced into the finish."
Normally $70! At $49 and free shipping on 3, this rich, sexy wine might be one of the best deals of the year - wow! We wish we had more!!
It’s simply stunning to see Poggio Scalette’s Il Carbonaione at ANYTHING like this price. In the top tier of luxury Sangiovese wines, for sure you’d be paying well over $100+ in a restaurant, which is where it normally resides. NOT TODAY!
Poggio Scalette takes its name from the landscape, which is characterized by dry, stone walls supporting terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. It was discovered that the plot of land known as Il Carbonaione was the first area to be replanted after World War I (1914-1918), which means these vines are more than 90 years old. Named for the river that passes through as it travels from a medieval hilltop town, this area happens to be one of the most important historical centers of the Chianti Classico region. Il Carbonaione is Poggio Scalette’s signature wine.
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Il Carbonaione is a full-bodied, rich wine with an exuberant personality and great aging potential. It has abundant aromas of red and dark berry fruits - tart cherries, blackberries, currants, and plums with notes of spice. On the palate, the wine is lush and full-bodied with flavors of berry fruits buoyed by focused tannins unfolding over a pleasant, lingering finish.