ColleMassari - Podere Grattamacco
Pat of the ColleMassari Wine Estates project from 2011, Fattoria Poggio di Sotto is the flagship winery of the Tipa family, protagonist of Tuscan viticulture with four estates that are a successful expression of the heterogeneity of the Tuscan wine scene of excellence. Founded in 1989 by Piero Palmucci and with a first production dating back to 1991, Poggio di Sotto is positioned in that very interesting area that extends South-East of Montalcino in the territory of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, at the foot of Monte Amiata, benefiting from an exceptional microclimate that is easily found in the quality of the Brunello produced.
Although it is an averagely young estate, with a variable planting age, thanks to the exposure mainly to the South, the altimetry ranging from 200 to 400 meters with a change in the mixture (silt and clays leave the stage to clays and conglomerate in the higher altitudes), the aforementioned protection of Mount Amiata, the exposure to the sea breezes that manage to wedge themselves up to these longitudes and the innate coolness guaranteed by the the Orcia river make all together Poggio di Sotto a prime location for the production of Sangiovese grapes.
Twenty hectares planted with vineyards within an estate more than double the size alternated to splendid olive trees of the typical Tuscan varieties, the fruit of which is another excellence of this estate set among gentle hills, lazy slopes where the colors are typical of the Tuscan countryside, namely yellow, brown and green.
Whilst exceptional environmental premises are well supported by a careful practice in the vineyard, certified organic and voted to low yields per hectare (today estimated at 3 tons of harvested grapes), tradition and wood reign in the cellar, starting from fermentation in large conical vats with frequent pumping over with long and diluted timings, so that the grapes can release all their character without haste. For the ageing, the large barrel is preferred, following the timing provided by the strict Montalcino disciplinary (48 months for the Brunello and 60 months for the Riserva), to which a further 12 months are added as rest in the bottle before the release to the public.
Poggio di Sotto is a fascinating reality, able to deliver exciting wines just after its foundation. Still characterized by limited productions (estimated at 35,000 bottles/year), Brunello and its Riserva are from long time on the most important tables in the world and on the notebooks of the most demanding and renowned critics, as well as in various collections where the Poggio di Sotto’s red label is immediately recognizable.