Toscana is breathtakingly beautiful, and Poggio di Sotto has an astounding view of it. The estate sits on the top of a hill, its buildings surrounded by fragrant lavender and rosemary bushes. Just beyond the driveway that curls around the house like a comma, the vineyards slope downward, where striated lines of vines run in parallel stripes like elementary school writing paper. Poggio di Sotto Brunello manages to smell exactly like the air at the vineyard--flowers, trees, dirt, shrubbery and all. Inside, the winery is spotless. Color-coded hoses coil on the walls; the floors gleam; the tanks shine; water runs swiftly through the aging room to keep humidity constant. It's a marvel of perfection and technology. The wines of Poggio di Sotto glow with pure Tuscan warmth.
Today, I'm delighted to feature Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino from 2007 and 2006 and 2006. The '06 has been hugged close by wine writers and wine-lovers, and as much as I like to separate myself from the crowd, these are delicious wines. The friendly warm-weather '07 makes a perfect bookend to the refined '06. These are among the last vintages made by Poggio di Sotto's founder and former owner, Piero Palmucci, and his consulting winemaker, Giulio Gambelli, who passed away early in 2012, making these wines both historic and enjoyable. This is also very likely IWM's final allocation of these wines.
Along with these two historic, delicious Brunellos, I'm proud to offer two other wines that define what I do here at IWM: Luciano Sandrone 2004 Barolo Cannubi Boschis and Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos. The former is a wine that will bring a smile to the faces of all my Barolo-loving clients; it's just that extraordinary, collectable, age-worthy and beautiful. The latter, which I'm offering in two vintages, comes from the hands of Piero Incisa della Rocchetta and his estate ins Patagonia, Argentina. It will redefine what you think you know about South American wines.