The 2007 Rosso di Montalcino reveals a vivid core of silky, perfumed red fruit. Medium in body, the wine floats on the palate as raspberries, sweet herbs and spices add further complexity. The bouquet alone is utterly seductive, but pretty much everything about the Rosso is captivating, even if the 2007 is missing some of the richness of the 2006. This impeccably refined Rosso will undoubtedly appeal to readers who enjoy traditionally made wines. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015. 91 points, The Wine Advocate #188
Poggio di Sotto was founded in the late 1980s, by the Palmucci family with the first vintage produced in 1991. Since their inception, they have gained international acclaim and cult status. Today they are distinguished as one of THE great wines of Montalcino.
The estates fame can be attributed their location (with top sites), production style and talented team including winemaker Federico Staderini. A significant part of the estates history involved the long-time consultancy of Giulio Gambelli, a legendary man known for his quiet expertise with sangiovese. His recent passing (2010) was greatly felt by the Palmucci family and Poggio di Sotto team, but his teachings live on through Staderini who worked along- side him.
Insiders identify Poggio di Sotto as the real deal for Brunello and produce it as it was originally intended to be: light, fresh, elegant, powerful, long lived & 100% Sangiovese. Wine are vinified and aged according to lot and treated as Brunello as they mature for two years. After tasting, it is decided what lots are destined for Brunello versus the Rosso (with Brunellos receiving extended aging). The winery was designed for gravity flow production with fermentations using natural yeast, long macerations, and maturation in large Slavonian wood casks. Bottling is direct from cask (lots are not blended), so each bottle is unique to its site.
The winery was recently sold to Poggio Claudio Tipa (Grattamacco and Colle Massari) which stirred quite a bit of controversy and loyal followers are closely watching
.Tipa maintains that Poggio di Sotto quality will not change.