Rosso di Montalcino, 2015

  Poggio di Sotto

Burgundian Sangiovese if ever there was such a thing. All charm and grace, easy-flowing red berry and cherry fruit with a hint of cocoa and herb, melded together by a fine structure. Seductive. Aged for a 24 months in large Slavonian oak casks followed by 6 months in bottle.

Contains Sulphites.

About Poggio di Sotto

Founded in 1989 by Tuscan legend Piero Palmucci, Poggio di Sotto has swiftly become a benchmark, traditional Brunello estate, producing some of the most refined and sought-after wines in the region. Their 10 hectares of vineyards are all planted with low-yielding Sangiovese Grosso clones in the sunny Castelnuovo del Abate region on the south east side of Montalcino. The vineyards are situated at three different levels between 250 and 400 metres above sea level and the viticulture is organic. The wine is fermented gently and then aged for a minimum of three and a half years in large used Slavonian oak casks. The estate’s entire production amounts to 3,000 cases, including the Rosso. Well exposed vineyards tempered by cooling breezes, high quality clones and gentle winemaking, make for some of the most seductive and refined wines in Tuscany. Piero Palmucci sold the estate in 2012 to Claudio Tipa, owner of great Bolgheri estate Grattamacco. Claudio has kept the same team in place and has made good on his commitment to changing nothing in production or winemaking. The future of this great Tuscan estate is secured.

Appellation: Rosso di Montalcino

In Tuscany the climate is arid and warm, though cooled by a maritime breeze from the south west. Here you can find the sub-region of Montalcino, which is essentially split into two: a warmer southern region that producers earlier drinking, fuller wines - Rossos - and the Northern, higher altitude zone on Galestro soils that produces more aromatic, finer examples - Rosso's big brother - Brunello di Montalcino. These wines are released four years after the harvest, following extended ageing in cask, normally around three years. Rossos, like Brunellos, are always 100% Sangiovese but they are bottled and released after only one year of ageing. Rossos are usually lighter and more approachable young than the famously long lived Brunellos.

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.