Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (750ml)
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Sister and brother team Maria Iris and Claudio Tipa brought together their shared passion for nature and great wine with a vision to build a wine business in Tuscany; ColleMassari Wine Estates. ColleMassari comprises some of the most prestigious wineries in Tuscany; Castello Collemassari, in Montecucco, (established in 1998; 120 hectares of vineyards), Grattamacco (2002; 34 hectares of vineyards), one of Bolgheri’s historical wineries, Poggio di Sotto (2011; 20 hectares of vineyards), San Giorgio (2017; 26 hectares of vineyards) in the land of Brunello di Montalcino.
Poggio di Sotto was established in 1989 on the South-East side of Montalcino. Since the foundation, the Estate has become famous for the high quality of the Sangiovese and has quickly achieved the status of a Cult winery. Located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate with vineyards from 200 to 400 meters above sea level, with steep slopes. The altitude, with the protection of the ancient volcano Amiata on one side and the river Orcia combined with the sea breeze from the other, result in a unique micro-climate making it one of the best areas for the growing of the Sangiovese. Poggio di Sotto was certified organic in 2018.
Poggio di Sotto has produced another wine of sublime elegance and finesse. This interpretation shows the incredible depth and nuance of the Sangiovese grape. Dark ruby in the glass hue. The palate is medium bodied, though this vintage is lighter and brighter than most, the wine shows good concentration and persistence. High notes of red cherry, cassis and violets, refined tannins and a long pleasing finish. This collectible wine will continue to evolve and develop in the bottle for many years to come.
The harvest began on 12 September and ended on 4 October, with successive passes, depending on ripeness levels in the parcels. 2018 will be remembered as a rainy, cool growing season, yielding wines rich in aromas and structure, very recognizable, personal, with good acidity and alcohol levels. Hand harvesting, accompanied by rigorous quality-selection, allowed us to eliminate substandard clusters and to preserve the essence of our Sangiovese.
This wine is produced from vineyards averaging 25 years old, lying at 200, 300, 400 meters, each vineyard with a different exposure. The low-nutrient, rocky soil is mainly composed of clay and limestone. The growing area, located near Castelnuovo dell’Abate, overlooks the Val d’Orcia, south-east of Montalcino. Manual harvesting is practiced, with a rigorous quality-selection of the grapes and a very low yield. Vinification is in traditional oak vats with spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, long macerations and pumping over. The wine is aged for 30 months in 30 hl Slavonian oak casks. The wine was bottled in November 2022. Brunello is aged for a mandatory five years total before its commercial release; the longest aging requirements in Italy.