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2016
Poggio Anima
'Belial'
Toscana IGT

2016
Poggio Anima
'Belial'
Toscana IGT

One of the four crown princes of hell. Roughly translated to ‘without yoke’ in Hebrew. It is believed that Belial is the purest definition of ‘lawlessness.’ The correlation is that much of what has come to be known as ‘Supertuscans’ or ‘IGT’ is simply lawless. People blending international varietals with indigenous varietals, etc. That is not the case here though.

The 'Belial' is the wine that started Poggio Anima nine vintages ago. Though the vineyard source has changed over that period of time, the quality has only improved. This is 100% Sangiovese sourced from a single vineyard near Siena, in the Chianti Colli Senesi zone. The 'Belial' puts the 'super' in Supertuscan and certainly at this price. Winemaker, Riccardo Campinoti is a firm believer that the wine is made in the vineyard and when he found this one with mature vines (25-45 years of age) he knew he had something special.

This is the fourth vintage from this site and the results continue to impress, despite some challenges with the 2016 vintage. The growing season began with cool, wet weather. The flowering was generally good, but cooler-than-normal temperatures affected fertility in some cases, reducing yields slightly. The late-ripening Sangiovese, however, took advantage of 2 inches of rain mid-September, followed by beautiful weather with good swings in temperature between day and night.

The grapes were hand harvested and fermented whole berry including 2 weeks of skin contact to extract color but not too much tannin. Fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic occurred in stainless steel tank and the wine rested in tank with a small percentage seeing neutral wood for an additional eight months prior to bottling.

High toned aromas. Lovely floral, laurel and sage nuances add to the bright cherry and raspberry aromas. Bright and fresh, with flavors of red cherry and flinty red berries with a touch of sweet pipe tobacco. There are no bells and whistles here, just pure Sangiovese fruit.

  • Region: Regional Italy
  • Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Single Site in Farnetella (Chianti Colli Senesi)
  • Vine Age: 25-45 years old
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Pliocene Rocky Red Clay
  • Oak: 8 months: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% Neutral Slavonian Botti
  • Production: 6,500 cases
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POGGIO ANIMA

REGIONAL ITALY

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