2011 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio di Sotto

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Average critic rating : 93.33 points



The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is rich, sensual and inviting. Wonderfully open-knit and polished, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most intriguing wines of the year. High-toned aromatics, with a touch of volatile acidity, give the wine much of its unique personality. Macerated cherries, licorice, hard candy new leather and mint are all pushed forward. Readers should expect a somewhat eccentric Brunello. I have seen Brunellos with elevated volatile acidity develop into spectacular wines with years in bottle, but readers should know what they are getting into. Feb 2016, Vinous.com, Drink: 2019-2031



Savory and delicious with balance and finesse for a 2011 Brunello. Very fine indeed. Medium to full body, fresh and clean finish. Love the plum, berry and hazelnut character. A delicious successor to an superb 2010. This is the first vintage of the new owners of this fine estate. Drink or hold. Feb 2016, JamesSuckling.com



Expressive nose of sweet perfume, wild herbs and cherry. The palate is soft and sensual with layers of red berry fruit, fleshy plums, mint and dried herbs. Supple texture and lovely flavour profile. March 2016

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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