Fattoria di Magliano Poggio Bestiale

Fattoria di Magliano

VARIETALS

25% Cabernet Franc

30% Cabernet Sauvignon

40% Merlot

5% Petit Verdot

APPELLATION

Tuscany, Italy

 

Fattoria di Magliano Poggio Bestiale

Produced from a single vineyard whose name references the steep slopes that are considered a “beast” to cultivate by the vineyard workers, the label artistically reflects this characteristic.  Full in body and well-structured, Poggio Bestiale bursts from the glass with blackberries and licorice aromas, and hints of smoke and graphite.  Its elegance is marked by the sweet tannins that linger on the palate along with aromas of leather and spices.  New, medium-toasted French oak barrels are used for aging the wine for 14-18 months.  The wine is cellared in bottle for 6 months for further refinement.

 

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2014

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

A rich and tightly knit texture anchors flavors of black cherry, plum, earth and iron in this chunky red. The repe fruit persists on the lingering aftertaste, where a touch of tar emerges. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2032.

B. Sanderson, November 2018

2012

JamesSuckling.com - 91 pts

“A fresh, clean red with strawberry, cherry and lemon-rind aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Lots of bright acidity gives this backbone. Better in 2016.”

J. Suckling, October 2015

Vinous - 90 pts

A dark, sumptuous wine,…offer[ing] tons of depth in a forward, voluptuous style that is best enjoyed on the young side, while the flavors remain bright. Mint, lavender and sweet spices add nuance throughout. The 2012 is an attractive wine, although it does not appear to have the delineation, energy or intensity of the very best years.

A. Galloni, October 2015

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

This savory blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Syrah opens with aromas of roasted coffee bean, leather, tobacco and dark woodland berry. The chewy palate offers juicy plum, cassis and clove alongside polished tannins. Drink through 2019.

k. O'Keefe, May 2016

2011

JamesSuckling.com - 92 pts

This young red shows a serious tannin structure with excellent fruit. Full body with lots of currant and chocolate character. This needs two or three years to come together. Try in 2015.

J. Suckling, December 2013

Vinous - 90 pts

The 2011 Poggio Bestiale is quite beautiful in this vintage. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco and incense add dimensions of flavor and texture to the dark fruit in a rich, resonant wine loaded with nuance. The 2011 is quite intense, yet retains terrific balance while avoiding excess heaviness. Slightly green, herbal notes appear on the finish, but those notes are nearly buried by the fruit.

A. Galloni, September 2014

Vinous - 90 pts

Brooding aromas of black cherry, menthol, licorice and mocha, complicated by a hint of smoke. Lush, pliant, rich and deep, but also with very good medicinal reserve and lovely inner-mouth floral lift to the black cherry and smoky tobacco flavors. Finishes nicely balanced and long, with youthfully chewy tannins.

I. D'Agata, December 2014

2010

Decanter - Commended

Herbal nose; vibrant flavors veer from ripe fruit to port-like, with an earthy note.

2014 Wine Awards

JamesSuckling.com - 93 pts

Very aromatic with currants and flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a beautiful fruit intensity on the finish. Bright finish. Drink now or hold.

J. Suckling, September 2012

Vinous - 91 pts

The flagship Poggio Bestiale is gorgeous in 2010. There is more restraint in this vintage than is typically the case. Magliano fans will find a Poggio Bestiale that emphasizes length and minerality over the more typical exuberance that is the norm. Still, the 2010 impresses for its pure energy and vibrancy. Grilled herbs, black cherries and licorice are woven into the persistent finish. Poggio Bestiale is 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

A. Galloni, August 2013

Vinous - 91 pts

Superripe aromas of red fruits, truffle and mocha. Sweeter and mellower…, showing good lift and freshness to the flavors of red cherry, menthol and licorice. …Closed and austere on the energetic back end, which shows some serious tannins and good flinty lift.

I. D'Agata, December 2014

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Well-toned, yet shows ample flesh to its juicy cherry, currant and tobacco flavors. The tannins are dense, leaving a tactile sensation on the gums. Shows fine length, with an aftertaste of spice and tobacco. Drink now through 2023.

B. Sanderson, October 2013

2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 90 pts

Purple-ruby.  Pungent aromas of spicy blackberry, forest floor, clove and bay leaf.  Rich, dense and suave, with very strong underbrush and tobacco notes complementing dark plum and dark berry flavors.  Finishes soft and suave, with more flesh and alcohol than either the Heba or the Sinarra are showing, but currently those other two wines offer more drinking fun.  I find this version of Poggio Bestiale a little too herbal and aromatic.

I. D'Agata

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 90 pts

Purple-ruby.  Pungent aromas of spicy blackberry, forest floor, clove and bay leaf.  Rich, dense and suave, with very strong underbrush and tobacco notes complementing dark plum and dark berry flavors.  Finishes soft and suave.

I. D'Agata, September 2012

Wine Advocate - 93 pts

The flagship 2009 Poggio Bestiale bursts from the glass with blackberries, smoke, graphite and licorice. I especially like the way the wine fleshes out on the mid-palate and finish. Hints of new leather, spices and licorice linger on the close. This is a great showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

A. Galloni, June 2012

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Black currant, cedar and light herbal flavors are reminiscent of Bordeaux, yet this tastes New World, with the emphasis on fruit. The tannins are dense, with a lingering finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016.

B. Sanderson, September 2011

2008

Wine Advocate - 91 pts

The 2008 Poggio Bestiale flows from the glass with layers of succulent red cherries, menthol, licorice and sweet spices. An authoritative finish rounds out this polished, super-ripe wine. This is an excellent showing from Fattoria di Magliano. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.

A. Galloni, August 2011

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

A dense and powerful Maremma red, with currant and fresh herb character that turns to hints of light toasty oak. Full and rich, yet polished and refined. Best after 2013.

J. Suckling, August 2010

2007

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 91 pts

Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum, milk chocolate and cassis. Smooth and soft on entry, with luscious blackberry and blackcurrant flavors nicely lifted by firm acidity and a hint of aromatic spices. This tastes less ripe than it smells, and the moderately long, chewy finish features youthfully aggressive tannins. Much less soft and accessible than some past vintages of Poggio Bestiale: calls for a couple years of cellaring.

I. D'Agata, September 2010

Wine Advocate - 94 pts

A heady array of smoke, tar, scorched earth, rosemary and wild cherries emerges as the 2007 Poggio Bestiale makes its first impression. An exotic core of black fruit follows, struggling to emerge from a wall of powerful tannins. There is a hypnotic quality to the wine that is hard to fully capture. A last blast of dark fruit informs the powerful, brooding finish. Today the oak is a bit overwhelming but all that is needed is another few years in the cellar. This is another fine effort from Fattoria di Magliano. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

A. Galloni, October 2010

2006

Wine Advocate - 93 pts

The 2006 Poggio Bestiale is off the charts. Sweet scents of toasted oak, minerals, smoke and new leather meld into black cherries, spices and licorice as this seamless, opulent wine opens up in the glass. There is superb purity, depth and precision to the wine, its size notwithstanding. Notes of smoke, earthiness and tar come to life on the authoritative finish. This is another gem from Fattoria di Magliano. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

A. Galloni, August 2009