|Producer||Poggio al Tesoro|
Tasting Notes: The nose opens with nuances of cherry and plum and deep notes of black berries, followed by aromatic herbs and a pleasant spiciness. It is elegant and seductive on the palate, revealing considerable body, great structure and balance, and silky tannins.
Estate History: Plantings on the Estate began in 2003 and the choice of varietals and rootstocks was strongly influenced by the soil and environmental conditions of the various vineyard sites at Poggio al Tesoro. The sandier, stonier soils were planted with more powerful grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Soils rich in clay and minerals, on the other hand, are better suited to varietals such as Merlot which produces wines that are elegant, harmonious and full-flavoured. In the Via Bolgherese vineyard, a light tilling of the soil keeps the ground cool and aerated, while at Le Sondraie, grass is grown between each row of vines (throughout winter and spring) to inhibit vigour and maintain the best possible temperature/humidity ratio.
Sondraia exists because of the winemaking passion of Walter Allegrini: his desire to take the winemaking skills his family had developed over centuries in Valpolicella and bring them to Bolgheri. This bold, elegant wine is a testament to Walter’s eye for vineyard selection and his willingness to cultivate slow-ripening grapes.