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Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2021

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Montalcino, Italy


$268ea in any 3+
$253ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

About Poggio di Sotto

Established in 1989, Poggio di Sotto is known in Montalcino for its unique ecological niche of old Sangiovese vineyards (more than 50 years old). Together with the University of Florence 120 unique biotypes of Sangiovese were discovered. This biodiversity is the cornerstone of the unique brightness and complexity that is found in Poggio di Sotto wines and the leader of its distinctive style. Since its foundation, the estate has become famous for the high quality of the Sangiovese that it cultivates and has quickly achieved cult status.

The estate is in Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the southern part of the region. Although the climate here is warmer than other communes within Montalcino, the hot sea breezes from the Mediterranean are blocked by Monte Amiata and the Ombrone river generates cooling breezes at night.

Biodynamic viticulture, high vine density, extremely low yields and extended cask ageing combine to produce what many refer to as ‘the Burgundy of Brunello’. Piero had an uncompromising commitment to Sangiovese in purezza and enthusiastically supported the creation of sub zones for Montalcino, saying “I would love for Castelnuovo dell’Abate to become an official sub-appellation so consumers can know that this Brunello is made in one of the sunniest parts of Montalcino where Sangiovese matures perfectly”.

The wines are characteristically light in colour, with complex aromas of red berry fruit, earth, leather and tobacco. Firm acidity and silky yet substantial tannins give the wine a long-lasting flavour.

In 2011, with no descendants, Piero sold his beloved estate to Claudio Tipa of nearby Colle Massari. Claudio didnt change a thing and the wines continue to be amongst Italy’s, and the world’s, finest.

The wines are, however, extremely limited and we recommend looking out for the new releases on our Italy Direct ex ship offers.


It took a while for collectors to feel comfortable with the new releases after Piero Palmucci sold the iconic Poggio di Sotto property to Claudio Tipa, owner of ColleMassari and Grattamacco, in 2011. You could count me in the skeptical camp for years, while being told that very little would be changed in the vineyards and winery, yet tasting new releases without being overly impressed. However, I can now firmly say, having recently tasted the 2010 and 2013 Brunello Riservas, and now the 2015 Brunello, that Poggio di Sotto is officially back. We really shouldn’t be surprised, as Palmucci put his heart and soul into identifying this esteemed terroir in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, and then planting the perfect clones of Sangiovese to take full advantage of it. This continues to be one of the most Burgundian of all Brunellos, and worthy of it’s lofty price.


In the Vineyard

Made from vineyards located at 200, 300 and 450 metres above sea level with different exposures. The area is close to Castelnuovo dell’Abate, in the valley of the Orcia river. Grapes are hand picked after a careful selection. The yield is 3 – 3,5 tons per hectare this is very low. Yields are normally around 5T+ for exceptional Brunello.

In the Winery

This Brunello di Montalcino is made with 100% Sangiovese Grosso and the fermentation is spontaneous and made in 70 hl oak casks with prolonged maceration and pumping over.

After the malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for 40 months in 30 hl oak casks plus an additional 12 months in bottle.

Below you see the large barrels, botti, in the winery. A quince resting on the door of a botti. Vintage is quince season! For the eagle eye a Bucher Vaslin Delt Oscillys destemmer. This is the benchmark destemmer for destemming bunches and keeping berries whole. This allows the winemaker to perform incredibly gentle whole berry ferments with infinite control of tannin extraction. If you want to make Burgundian style Brunello this is essential.


Where in the World is Poggio di Sotto?

Poggio di Sotto is Montalcino, Tuscany. There main vineyards are on the exceptional terroirs of Montosoli and Canalichhio Crus. The winery has a number of individual sub-plots in each Cru.

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Where in the world does the magic happen?

Poggio di Sotto, Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy