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Poggio di Sotto Presents Rosso di Montalcino 2021

Poggio di Sotto, the renowned winery in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, is thrilled to announce the release of its latest Rosso di Montalcino. This new vintage is a testament to the winery’s dedication to the art of attentive winemaking and keen eye for detail, both of which define its unique approach. Poggio di Sotto’s extensive collection of Sangiovese biotypes features over 180 unique clones, each contributing to the grape’s diverse expressions. All the wines start their journey as Brunello di Montalcino in the vineyard. It is only after meticulous tastings that the Poggio di Sotto team determines the parcels that best reflect the character of Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva for each vintage.

Rosso di Montalcino 2021: the wine’s twenty-seventh harvest is now available worldwide

Poggio di Sotto Rosso, originally destined to be Brunello di Montalcino, comes to life after two years of aging in wood. It is only after this aging process that select barrels are reclassified as Rosso.The Rosso di Montalcino comes from the same esteemed vineyards as Poggio di Sotto Brunello. These vines, aged between 20 and 40 years, are planted at altitudes from 200 to 400 meters above sea level and grow on diverse soils. The lower vineyards feature predominantly clayey soils with a strong presence of galestro, while the higher ones are enriched with skeletal soil and organic matter.

Meticulously carried out by hand, harvest ran from early September to early October, with each grape carefully selected and placed in small crates.

Poggio di Sotto Presents Rosso di Montalcino 2021: the wine’s twenty-seventh harvest of Sangiovese is now available worldwide

Vinification involved extended macerations and frequent pumping-over. The process took place in wooden conical vats and concrete tanks for over a month. This was followed by 24 months of aging in 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels. The wine was finally bottled in December 2023.

“Poggio di Sotto Rosso 2021 is fruit of an incredibly dynamic year – says Leonardo Berti, Winemaker at Poggio di Sotto – The season started with a challenging spring frost, but despite a dry summer with high temperatures, our vines thrived thanks to the ample water resources accumulated during winter. This allowed for steady growth and perfect phenolic ripeness. Harvest was carried out during the usual period, from mid-September to early October, ensuring grapes with perfectly balanced aroma and structure. The aging process also followed the traditional timeline: two years in large oak barrels. The result is a wine with soft, silky tannins and a savory finish. This Rosso di Montalcino boasts structure and elegance, embodying the true essence of Poggio di Sotto, and is set to age beautifully over the years.”

About Poggio di Sotto

Poggio di Sotto was established in 1989 in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, one of the most suitable areas for the production of Brunello di Montalcino. The estate stretches for 48 hectares, of which only 20 are dedicated to vineyards planted on soils that vary as altitudes increase.

The vines are under organic management between 190 and 440 meters on steep ridges at the foot of Mount Amiata, the towering extinct volcano that dominates the horizon and acts as a shield against the unstable weather coming from the sea.

A unanimous choice has been made: only Sangiovese, in its over 182 biotypes that freely grow among the rows. Today, this extraordinary ecological nook represents the most distinct trait of Poggio di Sotto: a botanical archive containing the centuries-old adaptation of Sangiovese, which holds its own sense of wonder. An exemplary estate that dedicates sheer effort to vineyard selection in order to grasp the quintessence of Tuscany. A winery that has chosen perfection as the only horizon for quality and has given birth to timeless and iconic Brunello di Montalcino labels that are among the most acclaimed by international critics.