One of the four crown princes of hell. Roughly translated to ‘without yoke’ in Hebrew. It is believed that Belial is the purest definition of ‘lawlessness.’ The correlation is that much of what has come to be known as ‘Supertuscans’ or ‘IGT’ is simply lawless. People blending international varietals with indigenous varietals, etc. That is not the case here though.
This is 100% Sangiovese sourced from a single vineyard near Siena, in the Chianti Colli Senesi zone. This wine puts the 'super' in Supertuscan and certainly at this price. Winemaker, Riccardo Campinoti is a firm believer that the wine is made in the vineyard and when he found this one with mature vines (25-45 years of age) he knew he had something special. This is the first vintage from this site and the results are quite apparent. The grapes were hand harvested and fermentation included 3 weeks of skin contact to extract rich flavors and color. Fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic occurred in stainless steel tank and the wine rested in tank for an additional 6 months prior to bottling.
This is the sixth vintage of 'Belial,' the wine that started Poggio Anima. Though the vineyard source has changed over that period of time, the quality has only improved. 2015 had a really cool spring delaying bud break a few weeks. The peak of summer never saw the blazing temperatures that many of the prior vintages saw, thus producing wines of finesse and yet still deep color and flavor.
Bright red. Lovely floral nuances to the red cherry and raspberry aromas. Bright and fresh, with flavors of candied red cherry and flinty red berries with a touch of sweet pipe tobacco. The clean, long finish offers hints of underbrush and herbs. ~ Winery Notes
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Poggio Anima is a joint venture between one of Tuscany's rising stars, Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino and his U.S.A. importer Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports. The idea is straightforward: to source great vineyards from existing relationships and produce a real wine that conveys a place and a grape. These wines are not bulk wines or leftover juice from a winery; instead, they are the result of long-standing relationships with reputable and respected growers throughout Italy.
Why the ancient pagan labels?
There is an everyday dichotomy between good and bad in the world. Looking for balance in all things (including wine) is a vital quest for many. The Eastern ideology of Yin Yang is the core of this 'balance' in the Poggio Anima concept.
Fusing this Eastern belief with Western philosophy is apparent when you look at the contradiction of red and white (wines), good vs evil (demons vs angels) and modern ideas with old world winemaking practices (catchy, fun packaging with classic old world wine).
The white wines are named after religious archangels while the reds are named after fallen angels. Each wine was specifically named for the persona of the grape, region or style of the wine. Each wine hails from one variety, a single-vineyard and representing its indigenous place of origin.
This is real wine, from a real place, made by real people.
This is Poggio Anima.