The Val di Suga, a winery situated to the north of Montalcino, began making wine in the early 1980s. A wine called Vigna del Lago was first made in 1983 from a northeast-facing vineyard beside the lake opposite the winery. In 1988 the winery purchased a particularly well-situated site called Spuntali southwest of town and this was followed in 1999 with the acquisition of the Poggio al Granchio vineyard, which is in the southeast. The varied exposition of these three sites around the town gives Val di Suga vineyards with three different aspects, allowing for a blended Brunello which is made up of fruit from the three distinct localities. In addition to the blended Brunello and the three individual crus, a Rosso is made and also a Riserva. The estate totals 55 hectares under vine.
Fermentations are long – with about 20 days post fermentation maceration on the skins. Aging of the Brunellos is in large French oak barrels for 24 months, followed by six months in concrete vats.
Dusty rose cocoa and sweet herbs offset by dried citrus and a hint of shaved cedar lift up from the darkly alluring 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio. There are depths of velvety texture here offset by tart woodland berries salty minerals and zesty acids and grippy tannins that come forward toward the close. Youthfully structured and cheek-puckering the 2013 is still in need of a number of years to come fully into focus but it is also packed full of tension and character. Iâ€™ll be very happy to taste this again in another five years. (Drink between 2023-2033)