2011 Poggio al Tufo "Rompicollo"

SKU #1164460 92 points Wine Spectator

 Smart Buy: Presents a whiff of blackberry, bacon and ink, followed by dark berry, black pepper and spice notes. Rich and supple, with ample structure for support and a long, fruit-, spice- and mineral-filled aftertaste. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2022. 3,000 cases imported. -BS

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Rompicollo is a 60-40 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its name, roughly translated as “neck-breaking” in English, was inspired by the backbreaking labor required to farm in the Tufo-rich soils of the area. Sweet cherry and blackberry aromas are followed by a mild mouthfeel. There is initial plushness here but the wine’s texture is compact and streamlined overall. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015.  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

Poggio al Tufo is a new winery founded by Tommasi, an important producer of Amarone and their first venture into Tuscany. The 167 acre estate is in southern Tuscany near Pitigliano a fantastically beautiful hill town about 15 miles from the Mediterranean Sea at 1,000 feet of elevation. While in Tuscany it is only about an hour north of Rome, the climate is perfect for wine grapes and the soils perfect for Sangiovese and Cabernet.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2014 | Send Email
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OK, that may seem like a very high score for a wine of this price category, but I adjusted it for the value and this wine is just an outstanding value. Rompicollo - Breakneck in Italian - is a coastal Super Tuscan of impeccable quality, it is a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in big 65hl barrels from grapes harvested from a vineyard with southern exposure and mostly volcanic soil. The aromatics tell you right away this is a serious wine; the fresh, focused Sangiovese fruit is cherry like and coupled with the Cabernet's earth and cassis filled flavors just fills your nose with anticipation. On the palate the richness of the Cabernet is lengthened by the Sangiovese’s acidity creating a very long finish filled with spice, fruit and earth while still maintaining a textural richness on the palate. This is a wine that will age well for another 5 years and be just a stunning value at that time, but you’ll have to buy a lot because it is just so darn good to drink right now. Buy a case…no better make it two cases, it’s great.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

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Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13