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|Appellation:||Brunello di Montalcino|
|Producer:||Poggio di Sotto|
|Vineyard:||20 years average|
|Aging:||Ages for 58 months in 25 to 35-hl Slavonian oak botti and 8 months in bottle|
When Piero Palmucci decided to found his own estate, he reached for the stars: he spent years researching the soil types and microclimates best suited to Sangiovese. His search led him to Poggio di Sotto, in the southern part of Montalcino, where he established his estate in 1989. Dedicating the estate to this single variety, he treated his vines to meticulous organic care and built a reputation as one of Brunello’s leading producers. Palmucci sold the estate to Claudio Tipa in 2011, and Tipa has committed to the same standards and techniques that have made the estate’s reputation. The stellar reputation of Poggio di Sotto is built on powerful wines that nevertheless leave the limelight to finesse and balance.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch