Montalcino, Toscana. Lat. 43:03:38N , Lon. 11:29:20E
Podere il Poggiolo is a small farm to the south of Montalcino in the heart of the oldest part of the appellation.
Vineyards were first planted by Rudi’s father, Roberto in 1971 at a time when there were just 25 producers of Brunello.
By the time Rudi took over in 1989 that number had doubled and now there are more than 200.
Rudi is one of the few who have lived through the rise of Montalcino and is still relatively young. He was in his teens when his father died and he took responsibility for his family’s fortunes and the legacy of his father’s wine remains the backbone of the production.
He took production from the 7000 bottles comfortably handled at the old farmhouse, to closer to 50,000.
In 2003 the farm was split when his brother returned to Montalcino and moved into the farmhouse, Rudi moved over the hill into a purpose built cellar and now makes around 30,000 bottles a year.
Rudi has 3 hectares of vineyard to the south of Montalcino at an altitude of 400m. The climate here is cool to a point that Cecilia, Rudi’s long suffering girlfriend no longer wants a swimming pool.
The topsoils are stony mixed with calcium rich clays on limestone. The vineyards are farmed using a minimum of intervention, Rudi has little time for certifications.
His grapes are Sangiovese Grosso throughout, there has never been a hint of doctoring the wine, even in the worst vintages.
There is no doubting Rudi Cosimi’s talent as a winemaker, his ‘il Poggiolo Riserva’ wines are sought after and his Beato Brunellos are modern classics.
He has created no end of wines, some inspired, some questionable; the vineyards surrounding the properties have made space for experimental plantings ranging from merlot to pinot noir.
The one we fell for was the Bottaccio, which is sadly no more.
We have concentrated for many years on the oldest wines of the farm; the black labelled Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello wines which in good vintages, challenge the finest of the appellation.