Tuscany, Italy

POGGIO al TUFO estate (POGGIO = hill ; TUFO = tuff / volcanic soil) is located in Pitigliano, a very important Etruscan city in the Maremma Toscana area (south of Tuscany), a few Km from Sovana, Sorano and Saturnia and about one hour north of Rome. It has been owned by the Tommasi family since 1997.

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Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo

SKU 721783
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon
Listing
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Intense ruby red.

Aroma

Bouquet of ripe red berry fruits.

Flavour

Well balanced with good structure and length, and intense berry fruit and spice flavours.

Food Pairing

Very food friendly, this pairs well with grilled meats and robust pasta dishes.

More Info

Poggio al Tufo is a 66-hectare estate in the south of Tuscany, owned by the Tommasi family, one of the world's foremost Amarone producers, founded in 1902. The wine is grown in the Rompicollo vineyard, which has southern exposure, volcanic soils and is densely-planted to 6,500 vines per hectare.

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Apr/2024

2020 -

"The powerfully umami nose draws balance from a strawberry undertone and a dash of salt and pepper. That combination of earthiness, salt and strawberries continues on the palate, with an acidic fizziness adding some playfulness."

90 pts

Daenna Van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Nov/2023

2019 -

"A savoury wine it offers cherries and clay, smoked meat and charred spices, red and black wild berries and salted licorice aromas.The palate is an echo of the nose; toast leather, bacon fat and very faint mixed wild berry flavours. It's quite muscular and brooding but also fresh."

 

Decanter, 2023

2019 -

"A linear red, with mingling smoky cherry, raspberry, woodsy underbrush and iron notes. Fresh and long, with a hint of chocolate on the dusty finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2026. 33,000 cases made, 7,000 cases imported."

 

Wine Spectator, Aug/2023

2019 -

"A linear red, with mingling smoky cherry, raspberry, woodsy underbrush and iron notes. Fresh and long, with a hint of chocolate on the dusty finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon."

92 pts

James Suckling, Jul/2021

2018 -

"Ripe and plummy with a pleasant red-licorice note on the nose. Medium-bodied with a silky, spicy fruit core that pushes and pushes through the long finish, thanks to some citrusy acidity. The fine tannins play a good, supporting role. A delicious blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon."

91 pts

Luca Maroni, Jun/2021

2018 -

90 pts

Gismondi on Wine, Mar/2023

2018 -

"A 60/40 mix of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon is grown on the Pitigliano estate. Expect ripe aromas of black and red fruits with dried thyme, rosemary, and baking spices. The palate is weighty with smoke, rich dark plum, and black currant cut with black raspberries wrapped in round, supple tannins, finishing vibrant. It is aged in for 12 months in 65 hl Slavonian oak casks. The alcohol is a modest 13 percent. It is the flagship wine of the Poggio al Tufo project, the first wine the Tommasi family made in the Maremma. Bistecca Fiorentina or a mushroom wild boar dish would be a good match. Good value."

 

Wine & Spirits, Oct/2021

2018 -

"Firm, raspy tannins frame flavors of red cherry and raspberry, that primary fruit warmed by notes of cassis that lend a slick richness to the wine."

92 pts

Daenna Van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Nov/2021

2017 -

"Satisfying, plush, supple. Owned by the Tommasi family since 1997; Tommasi owns estates in Valpolicella, Montalcio, Lombardy, Basilicata and Puglia. Rompicollo is made from Cabernet and Sangiovese. It has strong earthy undertones and fragrant overtones of blueberry and black raspberry, star anise and pipe tobacco, leather, carob and charred cedar. It has sweet expressive fruit to mimic the nose and a plush character; it is concentrated, the texture is slick. A wonderfully satisfying red trailing chocolate and coffee flavours."

91 pts

James Suckling, Nov/2019

2017 -

"Fresh blueberries, violets and a touch of white chocolate, as well as brambles and herbs. Medium-bodied and quite edgy with intense acidity. Juicy and round on the finish, though. Drink now."

91 pts

Natalie MacLean, Oct/2021

2017 -

"Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Rompicollo 2017 is a full-bodied red blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from the Tuscany wine region. Fresh on the nose with wild blueberry, cassis, violets, lavender, mocha, dried herb flavours with racy acidity on the palate. Tannins are velvety and rounding. Enjoy now with a triple-cheesy pizza."

 

Ben Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press, Feb/2021

2017 -

"Slightly less rustic but no less enjoyable, the Poggio al Tufo 2017 Rompicollo rosso (Tuscany, Italy - $19.99, Liquor Marts and beyond) is a 60-40 red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese from Italy's warmer Tuscany region. Lovely licorice and raspberry aromas accompany cassis, herbal and black cherry notes. On the medium-plus-bodied palate it picks up some more hearty, Old World spice and earth notes to accompany the red/dark berry, herbal and peppery note, while underlying eucalyptus, black olive and licorice notes add complexity. Drink now with a slightly spicy pizza. 4/5"

 

Alberta Beverage Awards 2021

2017 -

Top Value

93 pts

James Suckling, Sept/2018

2016 -

"Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and flowers following through to a full body with firm and chewy tannins. A long and flavorful finish. Structured now. Needs two or three years to soften. Try in 2020."

91 pts

Daenna Van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Mar/2020

2016 -

"Textural, plush, supple. Owned by the Tommasi family who owns estates in Valpolicella, Montalcio, Lombardy, Basilicata and Puglia. The Rompicollo is made from Cabernet and Sangiovese. Expect sunwarmed cherries and black raspberry, vanilla, mocha and baking spices. Supple and generous, plush and juicy it has a textural palate and trails, espresso, dark cocoa and spice flavours."

90 pts

Wine Spectator, Web Only 2019

2016 -

"The black cherry and blackberry fruit in this red makes an immediate impact, ushered along by lively acidity. Harmonious and enjoyable for the lush, ripe flavors. Drink now through 2023."

92 pts

James Suckling, Aug/2017

2015 -

"A bright and fruity wine with sweet berry and lemon character, medium body and a fresh finish. Always a delicious bottle with cabernet and sangiovese. Drink now."

 

Wine Spectator, Sept/2017

2015 -

"Bright, with cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors, this is fruity and open. Firms up slightly, but remains enjoyable now. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported."

 

 

Wine Enthusiast, Apr/2018

2015 -

"A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, this easygoing red has aromas of iris, underbrush band and Mediterranean scrub. The juicy palate delivers Marasca cherry, white pepper and tobacco alongside velvety tannins. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon."

 

Michael Godel, Wine Align, Mar/2018

2015 -

"Sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon are combined and each really get their say, first in leather and cherry and then, ribena and Cassis. Though the acidity is mild the tart edging and grippy finale put this in mind of pure Toscana bones with international flesh. Should have great appeal. Drink 2018-2019. Tasted March 2018."

92 pts

James Suckling, Nov/2016

2014 -

"A rich red for the vintage with chocolate, berry and walnut character. Medium to full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Drink now."

89 pts

Gismondi on Wine, Oct/2017

2014 -

"The 2014 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo is a 60/40 sangiovese? cabernet sauvignon blend that made the top 100 Spectator picks from a 18,000-strong pool of wines. The nose is clean with scents of meaty black fruits followed by rich red and black fruit mixed with leather and spice that fade into a supple, warm, mineral finish. Rompicollo is an official ambassador of Tuscany’s Maremma district and its name refers to the "neck breaking," labour required to farm Maremma’s volcanic tufa-rich soils. Pork is a terrific match."

89 pts

Anthony Gismondi, Oct/2017

2014 -

"The 2014 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo is a 60/40 sangiovese? cabernet sauvignon blend that made the top 100 Spectator picks from a 18,000-strong pool of wines. The nose is clean with scents of meaty black fruits followed by rich red and black fruit mixed with leather and spice that fade into a supple, warm, mineral finish. Rompicollo is an official ambassador of Tuscany’s Maremma district and its name refers to the "neck breaking," labour required to farm Maremma’s volcanic tufa-rich soils. Pork is a terrific match."

 

Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate, Sept/2015

2013 -

"Tommasi Poggio al Tufo's 2013 Rompicollo is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine opens to deep, rich nuances with black cherry, plum and red currant. It also shows evident oak influences with cinnamon and dark vanilla stick that sit heavy over the dark fruit. Rompicollo delivers sweet tannins and simple lines overall. This is an easy-drinking red to enjoy in the near term."