Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 (Tuscany, Italy) - [VM93+] [RP 93] [JS 93] [WS 90]

Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011
(Tuscany, Italy) - [VM93+] [RP 93] [JS 93] [WS 90]


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About the winery:
Fattoria Poggio di Sotto was founded in 1989 on the Southeast side of Montalcino, just outside of Castelnuovo dell’Abate. A winery dedicated to perfection, Poggio di Sotto is planted with a single variety (Sangiovese Grosso) on the choicest soils to produce extraordinary wines in Montalcino. The estate changed ownership in 2011 when the original founder Piero Palmucci sold to Claudio Tipa, owner of the famed Grattamacco estate in Bolgheri and Castello di ColleMassari. Poggio di Sotto only makes 45,000 bottles a year of Rosso, Brunello and Riserva.  Here is some excellent background info from Jeb Dunnuck's new reviewer Audrey Frick:

"The estate has been under the management of Colle Massari Wine Estates, led by winemaker Luca Marrone, since 2011. Farming and viticulture are entirely organic across the Colle Massari Wine Estates, which include Gratamacco, and as of the 2016 vintage, San Giorgio, also in Montalcino. Luca continues to maintain and uphold the philosophy of their late consultant Giulio Gambelli, who famously championed classic expressions of Sangiovese with translucency and high complexity. Only large 70hl Slavonian oak casks are utilized for slow fermentations as well as aging, without temperature control, and long maceration times for slow and low extraction."



About the Wine:
So varied and complex that it is really necessary to take the time to discover this diamond among Tuscan wines. Initially, one can smell notes of wild herbs, cedar wood, raisins, ginger and mint. Over time, notes of prunes, tobacco and chocolate develop. Very fine on the palate with silky tannins. Despite its aromatic density, it is extremely delicate and fresh. Still very young-tasting. It is absolutely necessary to decant it for a while before drinking it or to let it sleep for some time in one's cellar.

Foods Parings: Goes well with roast and braised red meats, game and aged cheese.

Technical Notes
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14 % vol
Colour: Ruby red tending to garnet red, typical of Sangiovese
Production: 16.000 bottles


Ratings & Reviews



93+ Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is rich, sensual and inviting. Wonderfully open-knit and polished, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most intriguing wines of the year. High-toned aromatics, with a touch of volatile acidity, give the wine much of its unique personality. Macerated cherries, licorice, hard candy new leather and mint are all pushed forward. Readers should expect a somewhat eccentric Brunello. I have seen Brunellos with elevated volatile acidity develop into spectacular wines with years in bottle, but readers should know what they are getting into." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2016)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers an immediate sense of generosity and openness that makes it attractive on first impact. In this regard, 2011 is very different from the slow-to-reveal-itself 2010 vintage that proceeds it. Bold tones of dark cherry, plum, spice and resin rise to the top with enthusiasm and intensity. The wine holds back nothing. It shows a velvety texture that is rich and enduring. All the while, this Brunello remains faithful to its time honored traditions and its territorial roots." - Monica Larner (Mar 2016)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"Savory and delicious with balance and finesse for a 2011 Brunello. Very fine indeed. Medium to full body, fresh and clean finish. Love the plum, berry and hazelnut character. A delicious successor to an superb 2010. This is the first vintage of the new owners of this fine estate. Drink or hold." (Feb 2016)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"The firm structure supports cherry, strawberry, tobacco and spice flavors. The tannins are assertive for now, but this comes together on the lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2030. 1,200 cases made." - BS (Jun 2016)