*Poggio di Sotto, Rosso di Montalcino 2020*
*95 pts Wine Advocate:*
This wine has more in common with a Brunello than it does a Rosso. Made with certified-organic fruit, Poggio di Sotto's 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a very fine and smooth expression that caresses the senses. The bouquet is enlivened by forest berry, peat moss, lilac and wildflowers. The 2018 vintage is usually understated in personality, but this wine speaks of elegance and nuance. It's just stunning.
*93 pts Decanter:*
In the lighter 2018 vintage, Rosso achieves great suppleness in the southern exposure of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, sheltered by the Amiata mountain. Based on 100% Sangiovese Grosso with a yield of around 3.5 tons per hectare, this Rosso is fermented spontaneously in 70hL oak casks. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for two years in 30 hL oak casks, plus an additional six months in bottle. The plush fruit is vibrant, supported by complex spices. It's a wine focused on grace, with yellow fruit, smoky woodland notes, liquorice, roasted nuts and a balsamic hint. The palate is silky and lifted by elegant acidity. Perfect balance and impressive drinkability. Drinking Window 2021 - 2027.
*93 pts Vinous :*
A mix of cranberry and plum sauce gains freshness through the addition of fresh mint and flowery undergrowth as the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino opens in the glass. The textures here are simply stunning, as this comes across as almost juicy yet also so pure, and with a balanced sweetness to its red fruits and spices that keeps you coming back for more. The 2018 has really come into its own and is definitely one of the most successful Rossos of the vintage.