Poggio al Tufo is a new project in the Maremma started by Tommasi, one of the historical and leading producers of Amarone, and one of the most important quality producers in the Veneto. Seeing tremendous potential in this once swampy coastal stretch of Tuscany, the family purchased 163 acres of land there in 1997. The Poggio al Tufo property is located in in Pitigliano, a historical Etruscan city situated about an hour north of Rome, in the province of Grosseto.
The vineyards are in the Alta Maremma, lying approximately 1,000 feet above sea level, and are characterized by soils that are very rich in tufo, a particular type of volcanic rock. The Mediterranean Sea, lying just 15 miles away, prevents any drastic temperature variations and provides a warm, stable microclimate for the vines. The Tommasi family has replanted the area with selected clones of both indigenous and international grape varieties.
The wine sees a 10-day fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by a 12 month maturation period in 65 Hl Slavonian oak casks.
This blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a singlevineyard site called Rompicollo, which benefits from a Southern exposure, ample sunlight, and a volcanic soil rich in tufo rock. The vines here are densely planted (2,630 vines per acre) in order to yield the best quality fruit.
A bright and fruity wine with sweet berry and lemon character, medium body and a fresh finish. Always a delicious bottle with cabernet and sangiovese. Drink now. - James Suckling 92 Points
Coming from the Tuscan coast and made from 60% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the 2015 Rompicollo is a fresh, juicy, medium-bodied effort loaded with notions of ripe black cherries, tobacco, and damp earth. It has juicy acidity and is a delicious, easy drinking red to enjoy over the coming 3-4 years. - Jeb Dunnuck 88 Points
Bright, with cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors, this is fruity and open. Firms up slightly, but remains enjoyable now. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported. -BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 88 Points