Poggio di Sotto is known in Montalcino for its unique parcel of old Sangiovese vineyards (more than 50 years old), in which there have been identified 120 Sangiovese biotypes through a study managed by the University of Florence. This biodiversity produces the characteristic brightness and complexity that is found in Poggio di Sotto wines. The Sangiovese is sourced by parcels at 200, 300 and 450 meters with various exposures.
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino rests in 30hl Slavonian oak casks for 42 months, which is nearly twice the DOCG's requirement for aging in oak (24 months for Brunello). The finished wine is bottled unfiltered.
Parallels are often drawn to the red wines of Burgundy. The Sangiovese wines released from this special property always favor elegance and restraint over opulence and power, yet they never lack depth. Normally a paler hue of ruby than other Brunello wines, Poggio di Sotto’s tameness of color belies concentrated aromas and flavors. A profile anchored in bright cherry fruit is framed by highlights of balsamic, baking spice, and candied orange peel. The tannin structure is firm yet ripe and will carry the wine well through decades of cellaring. A classic wine from one of the world’s great wine regions.
The 2018 features second (with 96/100) in Jean Marco Palmieri's top 25 Brunello di Montalcino of 2023
Aged in Slavonian oak for 42 months before bottling.
Sometimes referred to as "Vino da Meditazione," this is a wine to sip and savour ( a thinking wine) due to its sheer elegance and complexity. However, it can handle flavourful and grilled meats, as well as more delicate game such as duck or quail.
96/100 Robert Parker