Powerful, yet with finesse and a suppleness rarely achieved in a Brunello.
It is no surprise that one of the top performers of the 2011 vintage was this Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino. Poggio is one of the most lauded producers of Sangiovese in the world. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous calls it one of the “most intriguing wines of the year.” It is powerful, yet with finesse and a suppleness, and will hit its stride with a little more time in the bottle. But don’t just take my word for it. Wine Enthusiast rated it 95 points noting, “It's already delicious but will be even better in another year or two.”
In 2011, at Poggio di Sotto in the high hills of Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the southern part of Montalcino, everything was rosy. Even before Poggio di Sotto was officially established in 1989, no expenses were spared: Not when the founder, Piero Palmucci, set out to find the ideal site for Sangiovese Grosso, and not when the vineyards were planted in collaboration with the University of Milan.
In the three decades since, Poggio di Sotto has gained a reputation for unfailing quality, aging their Brunellos for a stunning 58 months in Slovenian oak botti, which is several times what Brunello mandates. The result is a powerful yet finessed wine — one of the finest Brunellos on the market.
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