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 who have lived through the rise of Montalcino and he is still relatively young.
He was in his teens when his father died and he took responsibility initially for the his family’s fortunes, but also for the reputation of his father’s wines. The style created by his father Roberto, remains the backbone of the production, these are the black labelled wines. Rudi has added ‘Terra Rossa’ and ‘Beato’, both Brunello wines with very particular characteristics.
Rudi 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 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 a point that the lovely and long suffering Cecilia, 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 styles of Brunello and rosso (even spumante) wines; some inspired, some questionable. The vineyards surrounding the properties have made space for experimental plantings ranging from Merlot to Pinot Noir to satisfy his curiosity.
The wine we originally fell for back in 1996 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.