About this WINE
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.
Rosso di Montalcino
Rosso di Montalcino is a large Tuscan DOC, to the far south of the Chianti Classico region, which has been classified since 1983.
The wines are fruity, soft, light and forward-maturing. They come from Sangiovesse vines outside the finer Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, harvested at up to 62 hl/ha, or from declassified Brunello fruit (often from young vines) in which case the yield must be the same as Brunello wines, at 55 hl/ha.
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.