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Average critic rating : 97.0 points
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is an explosive, structured wine bursting with dark fruit. It is one of the most inward, brooding wines of the vintage. Black cherries, menthol, spices and new leather are some of the nuances that flow as this expansive Brunello literally covers every inch of the palate. This is a totally mesmerizing, sublime wine of the highest level. May 2011, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2016-2031
This is a relatively young estate – Poggio di Sotto was founded in 1989 on the south-east side of Montalcino and is perfectly situated to give a perfect view of much of Montalcino itself. The property covers over 30 hectares, a third of which are given over to vines (the remainder either olive groves or forest).
There is a definite air of professionalism here: a spotless winery (albeit with a few builders walking around), an impeccable welcome, and everything in its place. This is reflected in the wines, which are very impressive in a clean and precise, rather than out and out modern, style.
Three wines are made: a Rosso, a Brunello di Montalcino and a Riserva, and all three are technically excellent. Whilst the estate might lack an artisanal feel, there is clearly some seriously good work going on here and the wines are very, very impressive.
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