2016 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.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark and brooding in its youthful state, offering up a seductive bouquet of dried cherries, currants, cloves and dusty flowers, like opening a cedar incense box lost many years ago. It coasts silken waves of textural red berries and liquid florals across a core of bright acids, becoming spicier and violet-tinged as it travels across the palate. The inner harmony and elegance achieved here is remarkable, as if there is not a hard edge in sight, yet it is structured and savory – almost salty, even. A full minute goes by and hints of licorice, pomegranate and cinnamon still linger on. As motivating and lively as this is today, it will require a number of years in the cellar to show its best. The 2016 Riserva is stunning from start to finish.