Powerful but with a classical elegance. Deep yet lifting at the same time. Such class and length of flavour. Serious, layered and with the balance to suggest a long ageing capacity. Gripping tannins mix fluidly with a tense freshness and suave ripe fruit. Notes of dried rose petal, red cherries, forest berries and leather. Stunning. In the greatest years, Poggio di Sotto select their best vat and bottle it separately as Riserva after an extra 12 months on cask (60 months ageing in total.) The origin of the vines can therefore change but more often than not the Riserva comes from a parcel of mid slope vines situated halfway up the estate at 200 metres above sea level.
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.
An important Tuscan DOCG known for the production of intensely powerful red wines made from the Brunello clone of Sangiovese which reaches levels of richness and structure not found elsewhere in Tuscany. The climate is arid and warm though cooled by a maritime breeze from the south west. The zone is essentialy split into two: a warmer southern region that producers earlier drinking, fuller wines, and the Northern, higher altitude zone on Galestro soils that produces more aromatic, finer examples, Pertimali being amongst them.