April 1, 2015
A Note from Sergio
Yesterday, I introduced the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino from Livio Sassetti's Pertimali estate by giving some context to the wines that come from the northern Brunello zones, an area whose weather tends to lend itself to making riper, denser wines. Today, I'd like to offer some context to two new releases from the beloved Poggio di Sotto estate by talking a bit about the southern Brunello zones, where this estate, Talenti, Gianni Brunelli, Cupano and a few others rest.
Just as in other Brunello subzones, the southern region has so many contours that you'll find dramatic shifts in altitude from estate to estate in terms of altitude--Poggio di Sotto is slightly higher--but warmer climate shows through in all the wines. The vineyards that fan out eastward from Tavernelle into Sant'Angelo are exposed to a more full-on Mediterranean climate than the rest of Montalcino, with sandier soils, less wind, and lower altitude. You can see these effects in other crops too; look at the olives from this region in October, while Il Greppo's olives in the central subzone are still green. Just like the olives, a warmer climate contributes to a denser, less acidic, fruitier Brunello. That said, some estates, like Talenti and Poggio di Sotto, have elevated vineyards with southern and western exposures that create potent wines with a spectacular combination of structure and ripeness.
A few weeks ago, I was proud to offer the 2011 Rosso di Montalcino from Poggio di Sotto. I'm happy to follow up that offer with two new releases from this legendary estate, Poggio di Sotto 2009 Brunello and its 2008 Brunello Riserva. When you open these wines, you smell the air that blows the beautiful Poggio di Sotto estate. You smell Sangiovese fruit, yes, but you also smell cypress, layers of wildflowers, a kind of earthy thrum, and a touch of lavender and mint. They could come from nowhere else on earth, and you will love them.
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