2017 Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio di Sotto in gift box
Cherries and orange peel with cedar and pine undertones. It’s full yet fresh and lightly chewy with some citrus at the end. Shows tension and firmness for the vintage with a pretty form and purity. From organically grown grapes. Better after 2022.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Nov 2021)
A captivating mix of ripe plums, strawberries, cloves, violet pastille, balsam herbs and white smoke emanates from the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino. This is undeniably elegant in feel, showing a weight unexpected from a young Poggio di Sotto, yet working in perfect harmony, with tart cherries and wild berries drenching the palate in primary concentration, as saline-minerals and brisk acids add energy and verve. There’s simply so much going on here that each return to the glass reveals something new. The tannins are sweet and rounded, and while structured, this remains fully satiating and fresh, as hints of lavender and black currant slowly fade. It’s totally atypical of a young Poggio di Sotto, yet also a wonderfully unique expression of the vintage, one that should mature evenly in spite of the drastic climatic conditions. In order to create the best wine possible, severe selection reduced production by 40%, and there will be no Riserva from 2017, as all of that juice was added to the Brunello. What’s more, winemaker Luca Marrone chose to shorten the aging in wood by an entire year. It may not be classic in style, but the 2017 is a wine that’s not to be missed.
Drink 2024 - 2031
Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (Dec 2021)
Poggio di Sotto made 50% less wine in 2017 and will not release a Riserva. Maceration times were shorter than usual – just 25 to 30 days for the Brunello. It also spent three rather than four years in wood to avoid over-concentration. Aromas of steeped red berry infused with dried thyme and scorched orange peel make a heady first impression. The palate is mouth-filling and shows lovely purity of cherry and raspberry at the core. Concentrated in acidity with finely powdered, finessed tannins, this reveals just a hint of astringency on the orange liqueur and amaro finish. Drinking Window 2023 – 2032
Michaela Morris, Decanter (Nov 2021)
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The best vineyards made their way into this Brunello; the result is exceptional. The nose is deep and open, with kirsch, sage, balsamic and raspberry. The palate is composed, intense and elegant. The vintage’s richness gives dense fruit and exotic spices; it’s immediately inviting but leads you into time-demanding terracotta tannins. The finish is long, savoury and mineral.
Drink 2024 - 2036
Davy Żyw, Senior Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Feb 2022)
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