Critics on Poggio di Sotto
One of the finest purveyors of traditionally made Brunello, Antonio Galloni writes that “Poggio di Sotto isn't a winery. It is an icon” and these new releases are the latest in a long line of beautifully crafted wines.
Robert Parker is a huge fan of this estate, writing that “Poggio di Sotto produces wines of rare elegance and subtlety for this part of the zone…a terrific example of Sangiovese from Montalcino.” The Brunello from this estate is consistently bright, rich, dense and sensual and delights critics and wine lovers year after year.
Also newly released is the 2015 Rosso di Montalcino, a great wine to have on the radar as not only is it designed to show better younger, the winemaking involved is simply world-class and gives a wonderful insight into the style of one of the world’s great winemaking estates.
97 points - Monica Larmer (Robert Parker Wine Advocate): The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is downright gorgeous. The wine is inward-looking at the very beginning, but it quickly revs up to deliver soaring intensity and profound elegance. It goes from first to sixth gear in seconds and grabs all your attention and admiration in the process. The bouquet reads like a textbook Sangiovese, with wild berry, rose hip, pressed violets, cola, balsam herb, licorice and cigar ash. The bouquet underlines the wine's enormous finesse and pedigree, but the mouthfeel is all about frankness, directness and power. This is a naked and pure Brunello that glows bright with confidence and pride.
17.5 points - Jancis Robinson: Walter Speller - Mid ruby with orange tinges. Savoury and a little stalky on the nose – reductive. Classy cherry fruit on the palate and for the moment overlayered with the savoury, meaty notes. Beautiful tannins delivering real grip and support, but the whole is still very unsettled and needs more time. (WS)
Critics on 'Giodo' by Carlo Ferrini
95 points Monica Larmer (Robert Parker Wine Advocate): This is the fourth release from Carlo Ferrini's relatively new project in Brunelloville. Monitoring the evolution of this tiny estate has been particularly exciting. This celebrated winemaker is known for bigger and bolder expressions of Sangiovese. The Giodo 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, however, reflects a more reflective and inward-looking approach. Compared to other Brunellos in its class, this wine manages a very steady and calmly forthcoming collection of aromatic attributes. Instead of individual aromas, the wine brings forth a spinning whirl wheel of integrated tones that all blend into one. The bouquet is broader, wider and more all-encompassing than you usually get with the slightly nervous and skittish Sangiovese grape. The mouthfeel offers a similar level of wholeness and oneness.
96 points James Suckling - 'Giodo' Brunello di Montalcino - Plenty of dried fruit with figs and mushroom undertones. Full body, silky tannins and a ripe fruit, lemon rind and spice aftertaste. Condenses down to a refined and beautiful finish. Vivid acidity. Drink in 2021. (Nov 17)