2010 poggio di sotto, brunello di montalcino, riserva
Why We're Buying
Poggio di Sotto is known for Brunello and revered for its Riserva. The extensively aged sangiovese wine belongs in the upper echelon of Italian wine. It commands a $300+ price tag, but that has far from diminished interest in this modern masterpiece. Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva increased 54% in price from 2017 to 2021.
Initially shows acetone aromas, then opens up to reveal complex flavors of sour cherry, spice and leather matched to a racy, elegant profile. Silky in texture and almost ethereal, with a long, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033.
Crushed berry, leather, tilled soil, blue flower and a whiff of fennel lead the nose. The ripe palate offers juicy black cherry, black raspberry, white pepper and anise alongside firm, close-grained tannins. Give this time to fully develop and reach its full potential. Drink 2022–2032.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Poggio di Sotto has released one of the wines of the vintage. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva fulfills the promise of its category. Brunello Riservas are aged for six long years before their release, thus insuring extra intensity and complexity. This wine delivers both in abundance. The bouquet is more sophisticated and deeper than the Annata and in addition to dark fruit and blackberry, this wine shows an extra dose of clove and spice. In the mouth, the wine is smooth and silky, but it also shows impressive power and length. This Riserva will deliver its best performance for those who are willing to wait ten years or more.
Shows superb complexity in terms of aromas with cedar, berry, ginger, flower and plum character. Full body and firm and very silky tannins that have been polished to near perfection. This wine just gets better and better with each sip. Better in 2018.