Poggio di Sotto 2003 Brunello di Montalcino 94 points

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Robert Parker 94 points. Poggio di Sotto and proprietor Piero Palmucci continue to turn out beautiful examples of traditionally made Brunello made in a natural, non-interventionalist style. The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino is a subtle wine. Somewhat reticent in its aromatics, it explodes on the palate with a burst of ripe, candied Pinot-like red fruit. Subtle notes of licorice, smoke and tar develop in the glass, but this remains a fruit-driven wine made in an atypically ripe, lush style for this producer. The wine offers lovely balance, well-integrated tannins and most important of all, a sensual, inviting personality that makes it difficult to put the glass down. This is a great effort in a vintage Palmuccie describes as very challenging. When all is said and done, in 2003 the estate bottled only 40% of its potential Brunello production and decided against making its Reserva.