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Expert Picks: Poggio di Sotto and…Poggio di Sotto!

Posted on | September 17, 2015 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014“Genius” is one of the words that comes to mind when I think of Poggio di Sotto. Piero Palmucci was pretty much the mad scientist of Montalcino and the brain behind the estate, but keep in mind that he utilized the late, great Giulio Gambelli as his consulting winemaker. Palmucci recently sold the estate and Gambelli passed in 2012, forever changing the history of this estate—even though in recent releases current owner Claudio Tipa of Collemassari has shown that quality remains high. I chose two phenomenal vintages of classic Poggio di Sotto Brunello dating from before the changes, and these wines are pure genius.

Poggio di Sotto 2007 Brunello di Montalcino $169.00

Back in 2013 when I first starting offering this wine, it was one of the fastest-selling wines I have ever sold, and for good reasons. Number one, it’s made by Poggio di Sotto, and number two, it’s from the 2007 vintage, which is one of the finest benchmark vintages of Brunello. Aromatic, lush, seductive and opulent are just the beginning of this polished gem. Ready to drink right now, this ’07 Brunello will drink well for next 5-7 years, but it lacks the structure for the ten to twenty-year haul. Open this bottle now, and you will be a happy wine-lover.

Poggio Di Sotto 1995 Brunello Di Montalcino $299.00

Vintage Poggio di Sotto is extreme scarce, and good luck finding anything beyond the 2000 vintage with exceptional provenance; however, IWM has a few bottles of this ’95 tucked away for lucky wine lovers. If you’ve never experienced a mature Poggio di sotto, you are missing out on a thing of beauty, and these ’95s show you greatness.

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