Founded in 1989 by Piero Palmucci, Poggio di Sotto has risen one of Montalcino’s benchmark estates and amongst the finest exponents of Brunello.
Sold in 2012 to Maria Iris and Claudio Tipa, owners of the famous Grattamacco winery in Bolgheri, progressive investment has ensured that Poggio di Sotto remains the yardstick for traditional Brunello. With only 16 hectares under vine, production is incredibly small in comparison to many of its peers. As a result the wines produced are amongst the most sought after anywhere in Tuscany.
When we visited the winery in September we captivated by the quality of the entry level ‘Baby Brunello’, the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. As a vintage 2014 caused a few flutters for all the growers due to its cool and humid nature, therefore meticulous work was necessary in the vineyard to ensure that only the finest grapes arrived at the winery and the highest possible quality level that Poggio di Sotto are renowned for, was maintained. Only a single cask of Brunello was produced in 2014 so the remaining grapes were declassified into what is an exceptional Rosso di Montalcino. Normally aged for 12 months in oak prior to its release, Claudio felt that the accentuated quality of the Rosso in 2014 deserved an extra 12 months in 30 hectolitre oak cases and 6 months in bottle.
The result is simply sensational and we feel that this year the Rosso 2014 is only just shy of the Brunello in terms of quality, and a noticeable cut above many of its peers.
At £250 per 6bt case (under bond) the Rosso di Montalcino 2014 is a serious wine that deserves, and will reward, 3-5 years in the cellar.
There are 100 cases (6x75cl) available to pre order prior to its arrival early next year.
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Rosso di Montalcino 2014
£250.00 per 6 bottles IB (£315.59 inc duty and VAT)
Seductive elegant floral notes on the note, classic red fruits particularly cherry and strawberry with underlying hints of mocha and dark chocolate on the rich palate. The is a wine of unbelievable depth and precision that belies its status as just a Rosso di Montalcino. The finish is long and distinguished, the hallmarks of any great Poggio di Sotto release. Simply delicious but with great things to come. Drink from 2020-2025 Goedhuis & Co
Declassified Brunello. Sweet fruited and really spicy. Cherry and just a touch of dried fruits. Sweet with a touch of vanilla on the palate. Wonderful balance and deeply satisfying, rounded and firm, in a difficult vintage… Drink 2017 – 2023. Score:17. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com
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