2004 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is just as beautiful in bottle as it was in cask. This is a supremely layered, exquisite Brunello that flows onto the palate with tons of grace and class. Medium in body, the wine reveals gorgeous inner perfume framed by ripe, silky tannins that caress the fruit all the way to the close. The wine gains freshness and volume in the glass, exhibiting supreme beauty. Sweet scents of roses linger on the long, refined finish. Simply put, this is sublime juice." (06/09) 91 points Wine Spectator "A little earthy, with ripe, decadent fruit on the nose that turns to raspberry jam. Full-bodied, with soft tannins, good acidity and a juicy finish. Slightly chewy, but delicious now. Drink now." (Web Only, 2009) This relatively new estate is located near the abbey of Sant'Antimo, in the southeastern corner of the Montalcino region. To limit production (and thereby heighten quality), the vines are densely planted (each hectare containing 3,000 to 4,200 plants) and undergo a severe green harvest. The wines, which ferment in both oak and stainless steel vats, are made under the direction of Giulio Gambelli, one of Tuscany's most famous wine consultants. The approach is very traditional. Only natural yeasts are used in the fermentation. And aging takes place not in small oak barrels, but in 20-30-hl casks. The result is some of the best-balanced, most elegant wines in the zone.