An intense ruby red in color, the wine offers pleasant and rich aromas of red ripe fruit, plum, black cherry and raspberry. Firm yet pliable tannins provide structure and balanced acidity provides lift on the long and complex finish.
The Poggio Antico estate is located three miles south of Montalcino, Tuscany and dates back to the early 19th century. The 50 acre property was purchased in 1984 by Giancarlo and Nuccia Gloder and is currently managed by their youngest daughter Paola and her husband, the winemaker Alberto Montefiori. The estate vineyards were planted in the 1970s and are amongst the highest in Montalcino. The high altitude approximately 1,500 feet means a constant presence of cool maritime breezes. These cleansing winds not only prevent fog, frost and mildew, but also eliminate the need for sulfides or pesticides. The vineyards face south/southwest and are planted on a mix of Galestro and calcareous rock. The wines of Poggio Antico are made in a traditional manner to express the full characteristics of vintage, varietal and terroir.
|Wine maker notes
|As a D.O.C. appellation (Denominazione di Origine Controllata - controlled from the origin) wine Rosso di Montalcino has its own regulations that are - to some extent - similar to those of Brunello. However, the appellation of Rosso di Montalcino permits higher yields per hectare than those allowed for the production of Brunello, without a mandatory period of aging in wood. Also, the minimum alcohol content for this wine is 12.0% by volume, instead of the 12.5% that is necessary for Brunello.
At Poggio Antico we make no distinction during the harvest between grapes destined for various wines (except for Riserva) so that the yield and therefore the quality of the fruit used for Rosso di Montalcino is identical to those of Brunello and Altero.
Therefore our Rosso di Montalcino is made by bottling a small quantity of Brunello early. The wine spends an entire year in 500-liter French oak tonneaux and is then "bottle-aged" for at least four months before release.
|A “baby Brunello, this is not made from declassified grapes. Instead, the difference between this and Poggio’s Brunello is the ageing regiment. The wine matured for a year in 500 liter French oak tonneaux and is aged in bottle for at least four months before release.
|This beautiful estate, which lies 3 miles south of Montalcino, dates from the early 19th century. Its 50 acres of vineyards were planted in the early 1970s. It was purchased in 1984 by Giancarlo and Nuccia Gloder, originally from Milan, who had fallen in love with the wines of Montalcino and the unique geographical position of Poggio Antico. Their youngest daughter, Paola, has managed the estate since 1987 and was joined by her
husband, Alberto Montefiori, in 1998. Together they have elevated Poggio Antico to worldwide recognition as a star of its appellation whose wines stand out for their elegance and charm.
Located at an average altitude of 1500 feet, Poggio Antico boasts some of the highest vineyards in Montalcino. The elevation brings constant maritime breezes which prevent fog, frost and mildew, allowing the grapes to be grown in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. The south and southwest exposures exploit the sunlight and enhance ripeness, while the cool nights bring refinement and elegance to the wines. The vines are planted on a perfectly drained terroir with a mix of galestro and calcareous rocks.
The traditional Brunello is aged in large Slavonian oak for 3 years. The more modern-styled Altero is aged for 2
years in French tonneaux and is more approachable in its youth. A Brunello Riserva is produced from the oldest
vineyards reaching their peak of expression only in the greatest vintages. It spends one year in new French
tonneaux before being racked into the Slavonian uprights for another 2½ years. In addition, Poggio Antico
produces a very fine Rosso di Montalcino and Madre an IGT blend of equal parts Sangiovese Grosso and
Cabernet Sauvignon. Both are refined in French tonneaux.