Colle­mas­sari, Pog­gio di Sotto

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96 BB 96 MG 95 SH 96 £107-£129 Mil­lésima, Un­corked Pog­gio di Sotto was es­tab­lished in 1989 by Piero Pal­mucci af­ter he spent years re­search­ing the per­fect mi­cro­cli­mate for San­giovese Grosso. Its 16ha of vines are lo­cated on a 44ha es­tate out­side Castel­n­uovo dell’Abate, at an al­ti­tude of 200m-400m on the slopes of Monte Ami­ata vol­cano. A con­sis­tent sea breeze in the area al­lows for a wide di­ur­nal tem­per­a­ture range be­tween day and night, pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent, unique ter­roir, even in hot years. Owned by Colle­mas­sari since 2011, qual­ity and de­tail are ev­i­dently still very con­sis­tent.

BB In­tense, lively and com­plex nose of wild straw­berry and cran­berry fruit, with fresh herbs. Per­fectly bal­anced, lay­ered palate with sub­limely clean red fruit, no­ble tan­nins and a long, re­fined, com­plex fin­ish.

MG Lifted, spicy and oaky, but with ripe fruit aro­mas too. In­tense, poised and im­pres­sive on the palate, with scrupu­lous acid­ity and well-groomed, jovial tan­nins. Se­ri­ous stuff.

SH High-toned, pol­ished nose, but in a clean, ap­peal­ing style. Poised San­giovese flavours, with an at­trac­tively nervy, edgy qual­ity, and a lin­ger­ing fin­ish – love this for its pu­rity and pre­ci­sion.

Drink 2022-2031 Alc 13.5%

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