96+ points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): “Poggio di Sotto hits it out the ballpark once again with an extremely elegant interpretation that shows the incredible depth and nuance Sangiovese can achieve, even in an uneven vintage such as this. The certified organic 2018 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark ruby hue and mid-weight concentration. Indeed, the wine is lighter and brighter than most, despite Brunello's mandatory five years of aging before its commercial release. The tannins are silky and melt over the palate. Along the way, the wine offers high notes of red cherry, cassis and blue flower. This 38,000-bottle release carries a very high price tag, but your high expectations will be met. Drink: 2025-2045. (Mar 2023)”
96 points Susan Hulme, MW (The Wine Independent): “The Poggio di Sotto estate lies in the beautiful south-eastern zone of the DOCG in Castelnuovo dell’Abate facing towards Mont Amiata, a sacred mountain to the Etruscans. This 2018 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino has a beautifully precise and bright, spicy, red fruit quality on the nose. On the palate it is tightly wrought and a little closed and reserved right now. It is medium-bodied and lighter in concentration than usual but nothing feels heavy, over extracted or forced about this wine. There is a graceful harmony on the palate although the vintage was cooler and more classic. Poggio di Sotto have made a fresh, lively wine that has beautiful balance and flow. Drink: 2023-2035. (Feb 2023)”
96 points Audrey Frick (JebDunnuck.com): “Beautifully detailed, the 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino delivers pure layers of ripe cherry, raspberry, incense, stony earth, roses, and fresh herbs. Medium-bodied and silky in texture, with ultra-fine tannins, it has a gorgeous energy without edges, with a long arch of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, herbes de Provence, wet stone, and fresh rose petal. It is incredibly long on the palate, and it almost feels as if the wine never ends. This will be a stunning wine to drink 2026-2046. (Mar 2023)”
95+ points Luca Gardini: "Raw materials of great vigour for another milestone of this typology. Blueberry jam to the nose, with touches of wild myrtle and wild sage on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp-dense, with brackish-iodine tannins and fruity return on the closure. (Oct 2022)"
95 points/'#1 Top Cellar Selection 2023,' Danielle Callegari (Wine Enthusiast): "The nose is metallic, earthy and stony, with cherry undertones providing levity. Cherries take a star turn on the palate, with strawberries and raspberries playing crucial supporting roles, while a tension between astringent orange and creamy mocha emerges on the lengthy finish. Robust tannins and fiery acidity prove ageworthiness. Drink 2028–33 or beyond. Alcohol 14%. (Nov 2023)"
95 points Decanter: "In southern Montalcino, near the town of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Poggio di Sotto captures the lightness of the vintage with aplomb, and long maturation in 30hl Slavonian oak casks has not compromised its vitality. With pretty and precise aromas of cherry and raspberry it's redolent of summer, yet fragrant wet leaves and woodsy rosehip speak of autumn. The palate is finessed and fluid, moving with grace. Chalky tannins cling discreetly yet persistently. An underlying luscious ripeness is positively moreish. Drinking Window: 2023-2033. (Nov 2022)"
95 points Kerin O'Keefe: "Pretty aromas of blue flower, Mediterranean scrub, leather and baking spice waft out of the glass. Taut and linear, the youthfully austere palate reveals tart cherry, star anise and ground clove alongside a backbone of bright acidity and firm, fine-grained tannins. It will benefit with a few more years in the bottle. Drink: 2026–2033. (Nov 2022)"
|Producer||Poggio di Sotto|
|SubRegion||Brunello di Montalcino DOCG|