Poggio di Sotto was founded in 1989 by the legendary Piero Palmucci. It rapidly became one of the most sought-after estates in the region, becoming known for benchmark, classical Brunello. Since 2011, the estate has been managed by head winemaker, Luca Marrone; his uncompromising approach has secured the future of this Tuscan icon. The estate is located on the southeast extremities of the region, in the exposed corner of Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The town and vineyards here sit in the tempering shadow of Mount Amiata. The extinct volcano is often snow-capped – even in the summer months – and its cold winds soften the summer heat, bringing finesse to Poggio di Sotto’s wines. This organically farmed property extends over 44 hectares; 16 are cultivated for Sangiovese. The area under vine is split into three vineyards, all perched between 200 and 240 metres above the river Orcia, facing south or southeast. There’s a unique microclimate, thanks to the river valley, altitude, cooler winds and exposure; Mount Amiata brings good ventilation, aiding the organic practices. The soils are marl and galestro with abundant marine fossils, giving energy and mineral sapidity to the wines. All the vineyards are certified for Brunello, the grapes all farmed to the same exacting standard. The decision to declassify for Rosso or keep back for Riserva is only made in the cantina after tasting. The wines, which spend time in traditional Slavonian oak botti, are a harmonious blend of the three different altitudes. The reputation of iconic wines sometimes outshines quality; not for Poggio di Sotto. These wines are challenging in youth but are built to cellar. They combine the best of Brunello: sapid Sangiovese, power and elegance, with distinct terroir character.