Paola Gloder has been at the helm of Poggio Antico since its inception, when her father purchased the original 20 hectares in 1984, back when Montalcino had just a few dozen wineries. The altitude of the vineyard provides warm days and cool nights giving ripeness and acidity/power and elegance the hallmark of great Brunello. A wonderful wine that is world class in every way. Still an absolute baby this will improve for many years to come. But like any great wine is has balance and appeal now, especially if you have a nice steak or similar to soak up the firm tannins. Very dark fruited and earthy at the moment and of singular purpose. The perfume and texture will develop in time.
Sangiovese – Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – South of Chianti the small town of Montalcino is huddled around its fortressed castle on the Tuscan hillside. The region has 1200ha planted and produces over two million bottles per year. The wines are densely structured and powerful – characters produced by a particular clone of Sangiovese Grosso.
Central Italy – When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Beyond Tuscany there are the magically places of Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Umbria. Each place has its own history and personality that really deserve a night of their own. Better still, a few nights in situ.