2011 Poggio al Tufo "Rompicollo"
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.
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.