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The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a perfumed and feminine effort, blossoming in the glass to show dusty roses and violets with bright cherry and strawberry fruits. Hints of cedar and flowery undergrowth come forward over time to complete the expression. It’s silky in feel and energetic with mineral-laced, ripe red berries, spice and inner florals motivated by juicy acids. Licorice and a sweet and sour twang of wild berries linger, along with a gentle coating of fine tannin that is only felt toward the close.Drink 2021 - 2026. Eric Guido
Poggio di Sotto
Perched high above the vineyards encircling Castelnuovo dell'Abate lies the Montalcino estate ofPoggio di Sotto. An idyllic Mediterranean paradise surrounded by rosemary, lavender andsunbathing lizards, the estate is composed of 35 hectares in total, 12 of which are planted with the finest Brunello (Sangiovese) clones.Visiting the charming, philosophical and enthusiastic owner, Piero Palmucci, is like engaging inconversation with Pablo Neruda. With a twinkle in his eye, a mischievous smile and unparalleledcalmness, he speaks passionately and eloquently about his wines and his insights.Like many great estates, his individuality is reflected in his thought-provoking wines. Burgundianin style, Palmucci's creations are beautiful expressions of Brunello di Montalcino - perfumed,luxuriously silky, refined and complex - which linger copiously on the palate. If his wines couldcompose, they would be Debussy.
Located southwest of Chianti, Montalcino came into its own in the late 1880s when local producer,Biondi-Santi, discovered a Sangiovese clone in his vineyard that was darker in colour than the rest. Its colour, however, was not its only attribute. It produced a wine with notable body, structure and length. He named it ‘brunello' meaning little dark one. This grape's genetic properties along with Montalcino's relatively temperate climate combine to create a wine stylistically different to that of more northerly Chianti. They are usually released approximately 5 years after the vintage following 2 to 4 years ageing in wood. The denomination of Riserva indicates a wine usually produced with more concentrated grapes than the traditional cuvéeand requires a minimum of one additional year of ageing.Today, Montalcino has become one of the most sought after appellations in the Tuscan region.