Montalcino Surprise: 2014 Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino

Posted by Ian McFadden

Sometimes the line between Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino is very thin. And when top Rossos are judged on their own terms, they can really hold their own.

Poggio di Sotto is one of the profound instances of this.

One of the secrets to many Rosso di Montalcinos is that the difference lies not in the grapes used, but only in how long maceration and aging is. That's pretty much the deal with Poggio di Sotto.

Look around and you'll see that pricing on any vintage starts at $89 and quickly gets into the hundreds.

When it comes to rendering Brunellos that are not defined by their power and full-throttled intensity, but instead wow with nuance and finesse, Poggio di Sotto is one of the first names to know.

Poggio di Sotto's Rosso flaunts this stylistic signature in an absolutely lovely way. There's an emphasis on a bright perfume, juiciness and nervy precision that sets it apart from the Brunello bottling. Above all, it's the combination of grace, complexity and drinkability that makes this wine so dear to us.

In Tuscany, 2014 was a tricky vintage with rains in July and August that was saved by a beautiful September and October. The best examples of the vintage are pure, nimble and with glowing red fruits. There's much about the vintage that helped to produce an incredibly appealing Poggio di Sotto Rosso.

The 2014 Poggio di Sotto's Rosso is animated by a delightful classicism. It has a laser focus and luminous red fruit quality that's complicated by notes of spice, florals, sunbaked herbs and earth. There's a captivating, quiet nuance to the wine.

It's easy to imagine returning to the 2014 Rosso again and again. I strongly encourage you to pick up a 4-pack. This is one of the best deals you'll find out of Tuscany and especially Montalcino.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits