Mission Codename Home run
We’re going Deep Cover CULT Brunello. Like REAL DEEP.
“These wines renewed my faith in the enormous potential of Montalcino. I wrote about the ‘soul of Brunello’ in my introductory article and played around with a definition of what that means. You could read my words, or just pop your nose into a glass with any one of the wines reviewed here, and that spirit would be revealed to you. Not not only did these wines renew my faith, they sparked my passion. I can’t wait to get back to Montalcino. Poggio di Sotto is an estate that spares no expense (all the wines are now organic, and the estate has old vines up to 45 years old and is home to 120 biotypes of Sangiovese), so it would be rather tragic if the wines weren’t so good. However, these are better than good. I think they are a new benchmark for the region.” says Wine Advocate and we’re thinking… need more be said?
There are 3 producers in Brunello above all others, like, by a long mile: Soldera, Biondi Santi, and Poggio di Sotto.
In fact, to call them “just’ Brunello is not just.
Two, you just can’t get, and if you find a bottle or two, be prepared to spend A LOT.
Granted, this is no small change either, but it is THE BEST PRICE you can find anywhere, guaranteed.
Also, don’t get hung on the points or the reviews below, this stuff is perfection all the way to the bank and words are truly meaningless in the presence of its haunting beauty.
Trust us, if you had to splurge for one Italian these days, this one is IT.
96+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Poggio di Sotto hits it out the ballpark once again with an extremely elegant interpretation that shows the incredible depth and nuance Sangiovese can achieve, even in an uneven vintage such as this. The certified organic 2018 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark ruby hue and mid-weight concentration. Indeed, the wine is lighter and brighter than most, despite Brunello’s mandatory five years of aging before its commercial release. The tannins are silky and melt over the palate. Along the way, the wine offers high notes of red cherry, cassis and blue flower. Drink 2025-2045.”
96 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“Beautifully detailed, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino delivers pure layers of ripe cherry, raspberry, incense, stony earth, roses, and fresh herbs. Medium-bodied and silky in texture, with ultra-fine tannins, it has a gorgeous energy without edges, with a long arch of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, herbes de Provence, wet stone, and fresh rose petal. It is incredibly long on the palate, and it almost feels as if the wine never ends. This will be a stunning wine to drink 2026-2046.”
What the Winery Says
2018 Brunello di Montalcino
- Luca Marrone
- 100% Sangiovese
- Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany
- 660-985-1,480 feet
- Clay gravel and limestone
- Training method
- Cordon Spur-pruned
- 42 months, 6 months in bottle
- 30 hl Slavibian oak