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One fine bottle: Poggio di Sotto Brunello 2011
12 May 2017

We reserve our “one fine bottle” offers for wines that have grabbed our attention but not yet, perhaps, that of the rest of the world. Often these under-the-radar gems don’t remain well-kept secrets for long. In this sense Poggio di Sotto, a world-renowned beacon of traditional Tuscan wine-making, could never be ranked amongst our “one fine bottles” – they are simply too iconic. And yet, the 2011 we tasted this week was so good we just had to shout about it as ‘one downright gorgeous bottle’. A floating elegance coupled with ethereal yet silky rich fruit are Poggio di Sotto hallmarks, and this bottling, from the generous and charming 2011 vintage was both drinking beautifully now but so impeccably balanced to suggest a good few years of further ageing potential.

2011 was the first Poggio di Sotto vintage under new proprietors. Owner Claudio Tipa has kept the same team in place including consultant Federico Staderini, who worked under Giulio Gambelli the legendary Tuscan consultant and foremost defender of the Sangiovese grape. Giulio sadly passed away in January 2012, 2011 would have been the last vintage he tasted from barrel. Rich and structured but velvety, with long fine flavours of liqueur fruit, flowers, herbs and minerals. Great length of flavour and complexity. It took a severe selection to end up with such a fine result, producing 6000 bottles less than usual. A stunning effort.

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