Established by Piero Palmucci in 1989, Poggio di Sotto has, in a short time, become one of Montalcino’s cult wines. Piero’s search for the perfect location was meticulous and he spent several years researching the best soil types and climates, settling on Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the southern part of the region. Although the climate here is warmer than other communes within Montalcino, the hot sea breezes from the Mediterranean are blocked by Monte Amiata and the Ombrone river generates cooling breezes at night. Biodynamic viticulture, high vine density, extremely low yields and extended cask ageing combine to produce what many refer to as ‘the Burgundy of Brunello’. The wines are characteristically light in colour, with complex aromas of red berry fruit, earth, leather and tobacco. Firm acidity and silky yet substantial tannins give the wines long-lasting flavour and the Rosso is regarded as equal to many other growers’ Brunellos.