Poggio di Sotto is known in Montalcino for its unique parcel of old Sangiovese vineyards (more than 50 years old), in which there have been identified 120 Sangiovese biotypes through a study managed by the University of Florence. This biodiversity produces the characteristic brightness and complexity that is found in Poggio di Sotto wines.
About the Vineyard
Poggio di Sotto's Brunello is sourced by parcels at 200, 300 and 450 meters with various exposures. The soil at Poggio di Sotto is poor and stony, comprising mainly clay and limestone.
The fermentation initiates spontaneously in truncated oak vats where it continues unabated for at least thirty days, on average. Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino rests in 30hl Slavonian oak casks for 42 months, which is nearly twice the DOCG's requirement for aging in oak (24 months for Brunello). The finished wine is bottled unfiltered.
Parallels to the red wines of Burgundy abound in discussions of Poggio di Sotto. The Sangiovese wines released from this special property do always favor elegance and restraint over opulence and power, yet they never lack depth. Normally a paler hue of ruby than other Brunello wines, Poggio di Sotto’s tameness of color belies concentrated aromas and flavors. A profile anchored in bright cherry fruit is framed by highlights of balsamic, baking spice, and candied orange peel. The tannin structure is firm yet ripe and will carry the wine well through decades of cellaring. A classic wine from one of the world’s great wine regions.
Equally at home with flavorful meats from the grill as with refined and layered dishes. Considered a "Vino da Meditazione," Poggio di Sotto Brunello is also enjoyable on its own.