2016 Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino (750ml) Pre-Arrival
"A beautiful wine that could certainly rival full-fledged Brunello from some of the best estates in the appellation." - Monical Larner (Wine Advocate)
"Poggio di Sotto only makes 45,000 bottles a year of Rosso, Brunello and Riserva. Owner Claudio Tipa recently added to the estate's 16 hectares of vineyards his purchase of the Poggio di Sopra vineyards previously owned by Sandro Chia (the grapes are not yet being used to make the Poggio di Sotto Brunello.) Poggio di Sotto’s vineyards are all located below the winery and look southwest, at three different altitudes (200, 300 and 400 meters above sea level). The estate is blessed with a truly outstanding Sangiovese terroir, and both its grapevines and soils are noticeably different from those of nearby estates. For example, the soils have a strong white calcareous presence, while as you move eastward towards San Giorgio, and other estates of the Castelnuovo dell’Abate area, soils become noticeably darker, more volcanic- and clay-rich. The estate’s Rosso, almost one of the three or four best each vintage, is a declassified Brunello. Poggio di Sotto practices certified organic farming." - Ian D'Agata (Vinous)
"The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino (with 18,000 bottles made) is a beautiful wine that could certainly rival full-fledged Brunello from some of the best estates in the appellation. This is especially true in the case of this vintage that over performs from all points of view. Poggio di Sotto makes a concerted effort to promote its Rosso as a stand-alone wine, and not as a little sister or Brunello inferior. Specific investments have been made to differentiate the Rosso program, and well, you might notice the expensive price point. Is the wine worth it? You can purchase some of Montalcino’s best Brunellos for less than this. However, there is a unique level of primary fruit intensity here with bold fruit aromas of cassis and wild raspberry that you would never get in a wine that ages as long as Brunello does. This is a fresh and forward wine that delivers impressive complexity and depth. The context is young fruit, not evolved fruit. In a sense, this wine embodies the true philosophy of Rosso di Montalcino more than any of its peers. The wine is not less important than Brunello, but it does strive to display Sangiovese at a different moment in its lifeline. 94 points"
- Monica Larner (Wine Advocate, Jan. 2019)