2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria Poggio di Sotto, Tuscany

2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria Poggio di Sotto, Tuscany

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2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria Poggio di Sotto, Tuscany

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A juicy, immediate wine, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino impresses for its inner perfume and overall harmony. Cloves, menthol, licorice and tar are some of the notes that meld together as the wine opens up. In this vintage, the volatile acidity that is sometimes present is more pronounced than usual because the wine lacks its customary depth. Hints of hard candy, flowers and mint linger on the racy finish. Overall, this is a solid effort from Poggio di Sotto. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.
Antonio Galloni - 28/06/2013

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Poggio di Sotto

Poggio di Sotto

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.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino

Along with Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany's most famous DOCG and the region's boldest expression of Sangiovese. Located 30 miles south of Siena with the hilltop town of Montalcino as its epicentre, its 2,000 hectares of vines are naturally delimited by the Orcia, Asso and Ombrone valleys. Brunello is the local name for the Sangiovese Grosso clone from which Brunello di Montalcino should be made in purezza (ie 100 percent).

The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG has a whale-like shape: at its head, at 661 metres above sea level on ancient, stony galestro soils facing east and southeast lies the town of Montalcino, where the DOC was founded. As you follow the spine south towards the tail, the vineyards lose altitude – those around Colle Sant'Angelo are at 250 metres – while the soils become richer with iron and clay. Further east, in the shadow of the 1,734 metre Mont'Amiata lies the village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate where the vineyards are strewn with a rich mix of galestro, granitic, volcanic, clay and schist soil types.

While Brunello di Montalcino's climate is mildly Mediterranean, thanks to the sea being a mere 20 miles away, the elevation of the vineyards provides an important diurnal temperature variation (ie hot days and cool nights). This benefits the grapes by maintaining acidity levels and extending their ripening time. The howling tramontana wind can also play an important role in drying and concentrating the fruit.

Historically, the zone is one of Tuscany's youngest. First praised in 1550 by Leandro Alberti for the quality of its wines, it was Tenuta Il Greppo who bottled the inaugural Brunello di Montalcino in 1888. By 1929, the region had 925 hectares of vines and 1,243 hectares of mixed crops, while in 1932 it was decreed that only those wines made and bottled within the commune could be labelled as Brunello di Montalcino. Since then, the number of producers has risen from 11 in 1960 to 230 in 2006, while over the same period the vineyards have expanded from 1,000 hectares to 12,000. The region earned its DOC in 1966, and was upgraded to DOCG in 1980.

Brunello di Montalcino cannot be released for sale until five years after the harvest, or six years in the case of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. During this time the wines should be aged for at least two years in oak, followed by at least four months in bottle (six months for Riservas); maximum yields are 55 hl/ha. 

Rosso di Montalcino is declassified Brunello di Montalcino, released for sale 18 months after the harvest.

Recommended producers: Costanti, Fuligni, Lisini, San Giuseppe, Soldera, Cerbaiona

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate90/100
The Wine Advocate90/100
A juicy, immediate wine, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino impresses for its inner perfume and overall harmony. Cloves, menthol, licorice and tar are some of the notes that meld together as the wine opens up. In this vintage, the volatile acidity that is sometimes present is more pronounced than usual because the wine lacks its customary depth. Hints of hard candy, flowers and mint linger on the racy finish. Overall, this is a solid effort from Poggio di Sotto. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.
Antonio Galloni - 28/06/2013 Read more