2016 Villa Poggio Salvi Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1295594 James Suckling

 Shows red cherries, elderberries and freshly cut herbs. Medium body, fresh acidity and a fresh finish. Drink now.  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Owned by the Tagliabue family since 1979, the wine growing on the estate dates back to the 17th century. Known for their Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti, the name "Salvi" refers to the supposed health-giving effects of this terroir. Villa Poggio Salvi's modern winery is partly subterranean and set within the contours of the hillsides.


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By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2018 | Send Email
A great value Montalcino for under the 20 dollar mark. I get a lot of tart cherry right off the bat and maybe some plum. After it's been open for a bit a dusty spice quality emerges along with sweet tobacco. First thought would be to pair this with a fatty and salty charcuterie/cheese plate.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2018 | Send Email
Though only a few dollars more than their Caspagnolo (which I thoroughly enjoyed), the Rosso di Montalcino is a big step up in the realm of serious wine. The drinker gets added complexity with savory notes and a deeper, darker tone. I particularly enjoyed the black cherry component framed by a touch of cedar. This category of wine tends to be one of our most requested. I now know that I’ll be recommending this bottle on a regular basis. Plus I’ll be bringing home a few for myself. It’s hard to fathom how you get this much quality wine for a mere $15 dollars.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
A decade from now you’ll speak of the great Montalcino vintages 2010, 2015 and yes 2016, many producers have told me and I’ve tasted wines they say they are the best they’ve made and the 2016 Villa Poggio Salvi Rosso di Montalcino is a really dynamite wine. The nose is full of dark cherry fruits with a ripe plum component while showing hints of Tuscan brush and leather. On the palate the wine has real weight, depth and concentration of flavors, supple yet framed by polished tannins the wine gives you a real sense of depth and complexity. The finish is balanced, long and shows a bit of the tannic framework that gives the wine its real character. Easy enough to drink on its own this wine will serve you best while you have a fork in your other hand, try it with grilled meats or your favorite pasta Bolognese recipe.
Drink from 2018 to 2026

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
I always like to have a few bottles of Rosso on hand. It's so appealing when young, and if I happen to forget about it in my cellar I'm never disappointed with the results. Villa Poggio Salvi's Rosso is just such a wine. The young fruit is beautiful, bright and full of wild cherries. There is a slightly herbal, tobacco tone and a fair amount of savor. Just enough to make it feel balanced on its own and have it sing as a tremendous pairing with food. I'd recommend grabbing a bottle for the next time you make a pork tenderloin in particular.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
A nicely structured, appealingly firm Rosso di Montalcino, Villa Poggio's 2016 leads with bright red fruits and hints of graphite, opening a bit to retain a rather taut, linear style, with appealing tension. Very good value and style on display here.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2018 | Send Email
Cherry, plum, and spice flavors are sweet and ripe, while fresh acidity and moderate tannins provide structure. Displays fine balance and length. This fragrant, beautiful wine spent eight months in neutral oak casks, which has resulted in an intense, balanced red, very much a baby Brunello, and very much deserving of your finest pork and veal dishes.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2018 | Send Email
We have no shortage of requests for good, sub $20 Rosso di Montalcinos and we're always pleased when we can recommend one of this quality. Salvi's latest offers a high-toned expression of Sangiovese with bright cherry fruit and supporting acidity that lifts the wine across the palate. It's a pure expression of this noble grape that is best at the dinner table.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5