Poggio Antico Madre 2017
The nose is delicious if more focused on Tuscan red cherries, strawberries and elderberries with a hint of sweet plums. The palate is fresh but with a good core of density. Some pretty tannins and a fruit-forward finish. Madre can already be enjoyed, but may also be aged for a long time, further improving its characteristics.
The 2015 Madre hits it out of the ballpark. This blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon has benefitted in a particularly positive manner from the heat and warm sunshine of this vintage. The wine offers fleshy richness and fiber that stems directly from the fruit. In other words, it does not feel constructed by oak or over extraction. Instead, this wine appears naturally full-bodied and voluptuous with black fruit favors, black currant and lots of spicy cured tobacco. This is a terrific Tuscan red.