Poggio Anima Belial (Sangiovese) 2011

Poggio Anima is a joint venture between Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and his U.S. importer Vine Street Imports.  According to their website, they “wanted to capture the ‘soul’ of each vineyard and grape. No manipulation, no water, sugar, etc. Just the pure expression of the fruit and site.”  Sounds good to me.

Winemaker: Poggio Anima
Wine:  Belial
Varietal: Sangiovese
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Toscana, Italy IGT
Price: $14.99

Notes:  This Tuscan was a rich, dark red with a bouquet of sous bois (damp forest floor), mushrooms, oak, a touch of pepper, and underlying fruit.  It had high acidity, medium tannins and alcohol at 13%.  The light-bodied Belial brought a fascinating group of flavors to my palate, including grapeseed, cranberry and sour cherry, quinine and white pepper.  This was – for me – one of the tartest wines I’ve had in awhile.  I would not call it bitter, but definitely tart.  As it turns out, though, I enjoy tart flavors.  So I found this Sangiovese to be quite fun to drink.



2 thoughts on “Poggio Anima Belial (Sangiovese) 2011

  1. I was never fond of wineries who do not own any vineyards but instead buy all their grapes from third parties. I took a look at their website and noticed that Poggio Anima’s lineup includes wines not just from Tuscany but also from Abruzzo, Sicily and other regions. So not only do their buy all their grapes, they also source it from a number regions..

    But it’s good to hear that you enjoyed the wine 🙂 Cheers and Happy Easter!

    • I totally hear you. On the other hand, there are some awesome wines made by vintners who purchase the grapes from grape growers not wine producers – each specializing in their area of expertise. And I’m not sure that many wineries these days make all their selections from grapes they grow in estate-owned vineyards. As for this particular case, I think it’s a winery making private label selections for a distributor. Le Ragnaie, the wine maker for Belial, is a Tuscan vintner with three estate-owned vineyards.

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