Thanks to the movies, television and songs, Paris gets the credit for being the city of love. When it comes to wine, however, there is no match to Italy for romance, particularly to the region of Tuscany. There are no others like Tuscan wines to light the soul with love, longing and lust. There’s something about Sangiovese, the primary grape used in the wines of Tuscany, that brings a natural fleshiness and raciness to Chianti and Brunello wines. If Chianti is the sort of young love and lust found in Romeo and Juliet, then Brunello di Montalcino is the complex, poetic, all-consuming passion found in Il Postino. In that film, a lowly postman discovers the power of poetry through the mentoring of a famous poet on his delivery route. Ensuingly, the postman uses his newfound knowledge of artful language to woo a local woman of matchless beauty, someone way beyond the reach of his position in society. The 2006 POGGIO ANTICO is that kind of poetry of love—sensuous, silky, seductive and mellifluous. Elegantly charming, there’s even a prominent note of new Italian leather to the phenolics of the wine to add a bit of bad-boy charm that’s so intriguing. This is Brunello to be swept away by, losing caution and giving in to the reckless abandon of romance. –J.M.
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