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Pair of Italian Bargain Reds: Big Reviews and Both $11.99 - 08/01/2014 - Italy

2011 Poggio al Tufo

2011 Poggio al Tufo "Rompicollo" ($11.99)

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. " (09/2013)

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.

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2014

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.

2011 Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon ($11.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry and licorice are augmented by spice in this fragrant red. Supple and balanced, with vibrant acidity and well-integrated tannins on the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2023. 1,500 cases imported. –BS " (04/2014)

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.

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2014

The 2011 vintage in Tuscan produced a lot of richness in the wine including Poggio al Tufo’s excellent Cabernet value. Aged for a year in large 65hl Slavonian oak barrels this wine has the ripeness of California Cabernet while having a more focused center, longer finish than anything I’ve seen in this price range you could buy from California. Supple, rich, smooth with lots of ripe cassis, hints of tarragon and a touch of fresh leather, a long finish but what really remains with you is the palate richness, this is a mouthful without being overripe and only 13% alcohol. You’ll love the drinkability of this wine and it will pair nicely with grilled meats or even just Cabernet Cocktailing!