There are few names in Brunello di Montalcino that rank higher than Poggio di Sotto. The estate's obsession with clonal quality, combined with its incredibly elegant winemaking style has garnered a loyal fanbase.
The estate was established in 1989 by Piero Palmucci and very quickly became one of the cult wines of Montalcino. Palmucci wanted to push the boundaries of the appellation, first by finding the perfect site, then experimenting with the finest clones of Sangiovese in order to produce wines of greater complexity. He was convinced that the Castelnuovo dell’Abate region – situated on the warmer, southern slopes of Montalcino, facing Mount Amiata – was the ideal spot, with the mountain’s influence creating a microclimate that allows the grapes to have both freshness and fully ripe tannins. Palmucci also brought in Tuscan legend Giulio Gambelli, one of Italy’s most respected wine consultants, to help make the wine.
With no heir to take over, Palmucci sold his beloved estate to Claudio Tipa from Tenuta di ColleMassari, who kept the same loyal team of workers, including Gambelli. After Gambelli died in 2012, his apprentice Federico Staderini took the helm, overseeing the winemaking at the estate alongside Luca Marrone.
Poggio di Sotto tannins are about as fine as they come for Sangiovese. The estate believes that it is the combination of the multiple clones planted, their unique location on these southern slopes and the high-density planting that creates such a distinct and beguiling example of Brunello di Montalcino.