Podere il Poggiolo is a small farm to the south of Montalcino in the heart of the oldest part of the Brunello 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 active producers who has lived through the rise of Montalcino.
Rudi was in his teens when his father, Roberto, died and initially he took responsibility for his family’s fortunes. Rudi fully understood the exemplary qualities of his father wines, Il Poggiolo (black label). and has built on them to form the backbone of the production:. Rudi allows his creativity to emerge though the ‘Terra Rossa’ and ‘Beato’, both also Brunello wines with their own very particular characteristics. Rudi took production from what was then 7000 bottles comfortably handled at the old farmhouse, to closer to 50,000. Then, in 2003 the farm was split when his brother returned to Montalcino and moved into the farmhouse. Rudi and Cecilia moved over the hill into a purpose-built cellar where they still live now and make around 30,000 bottles a year
The division left Rudi with 3 hectares of vineyard to the south of Montalcino at an altitude of 400m. The climate here is cool to the point that the lovely and long-suffering Cecilia no longer craves a 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 globally sought out, and his Beato Brunelli are modern classics. Over the decades we have known him, he has created no end of styles of Brunello, Rosso, Bianco and even Spumanti! Some inspired, some less so.