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Poggio al Gello

I was tipped off about the wines of Giorgio Chiarini and Alda Nelli in the early summer of 2014 by a friend who said the wines are just like Brunello di Montalcino but, because they come from nearby Montecucco, cost a fraction of the price. Understandably, I wanted to learn more so contacted them and got chatting. As well as Sangiovese Grosso (the clone producing the highest quality Sangiovese, as in Brunello), they are keen to revive native Tuscan varieties such as Pugnitello (and they make a cracking example of this). More...

  2016 IGT Bianco
Intense bouquet with good acidity to keep it fresh. more details...
13.50 (Bottle)
54.00 (6 btls in bond)
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14.50 (Bottle)
114.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Montecucco 'Rosso del Gello' Riserva
Coffee-nosed, earthy red. Stunning! more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
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  2013 Toscana Pugnitello del Piaggione
Amazingly complex red from an almost extinct variety undergoing a welcome revival. more details...
19.50 (Bottle)
84.00 (6 btls in bond)
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The farm is in Tuscany, in the hills of Maremma in the Montecucco DOC, 30km south of Siena. The estate comprises 16ha, four of which are vineyards, 70% planted to Sangiovese (annual production is around 20,000 bottles). As well as wines, they make some rather good olive oils and they are certified organic ICEA for all their production since 2001 (they took over the estate in 1998).

All the wines are mono-varietals and made using indiginous yeasts and traditional methods. There is a wonderful effortlessness about the wines: the Pugnitello is a revelation (one wonders why this variety has been allowed to become almost extinct) and the two Sangiovese wines - Rosso di Gello and the Riserva - are simply stunning. By January 2015, the basic Rosso had got into its stride and, without knocking you for six, is simply the sort of wine you (or I, at least) can't put down. Being organic makes this less of a problem.

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