2012 Poggio Verrano Dromos Maremma
Magliano, Tuscany, in the rolling hills south of Grosseto, Francesco Bolla set out with Poggio Verrano to realize his dream: to make intense and elegant red wines, typical of the region, averse to all trends. Dròmos literally means route and Francesco and Valentina have found the right way for years, as the year-in-year-out high ratings testify.
The Dròmos is a Super Tuscan and takes its name from the Grand Entrance in the ancient buildings of the Etruscans, the ancient inhabitants of Maremma. The wine and name are typical of Francesco Bolla's "entrance" in the Maremma winery. The Dromos is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Alicante, 10% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc and is therefore a Supertuscan like many wines from this region (because it does not meet the Sangiovese requirements and style of upbringing according to the old Appelation rules) as also applies, for example, to a Tignanello or Sassicaia).
The vineyards are located at an altitude of 170-300 m above sea level on a rocky soil of calcareous clay. The vineyards have a view of the sea and this ideal situation ensures that with minimal intervention the vineyards remain healthy (the salty wind keeps the leaves dry and does not give vermin such as aphids) and provides the necessary cooling in the evening which ensures very balanced fruit with sufficient acidity. The grapes are harvested by hand with selection in the vineyard and then again very carefully in the winery. The fruit unsuitable for the Dromos is sold and does not enter any of the wines. Fermentation and maceration takes place in controlled temperature controlled small open top stainless steel vats with subsequent aging in French oak barriques for approximately 20 months and then bottle aging for a minimum of 24 months
In the glass, Dromos has a deep ruby red color with pronounced aromas of ripe blackcurrant, fruit, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, minerals and balsamic notes. In the mouth the wine is dry with a nice acidity which keeps the wine very lively. The wine has beautiful fused tannins and is very complex with again dark fruit, but also leather and tobacco in the aftertaste. Lively, powerful, full bodied with soft tannins and a long and smooth finish. This can rival many Super Tuscans but clearly more wine for the money. This is a fantastic wine and is a kind of mix between a very nice Brunello and a Tignanello, but much more pleasant in terms of price.
The Dromos has been selected in the VINUM magazine in the special edition on "Top of Toskana" and is in the row with Tignanello and Macchiole Paleo (in the Tab attachment you will find the article)
By not following the DOC rules and experimenting with international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, pioneering vintners made table wines at the end of the last century that were better and more expensive than many Chianti DOCs. To distinguish between the real slobber table wines and these top wines, the term Super Tuscan was coined. At Tenuta Poggio Verrano they have only been making their Super Tuscans since 2000, but the result is amazing. But that cannot be otherwise with Francesco Bolla as the owner, grandchild of Alberto Bolla, the 'Godfather' of the Amarone wine from the Veneto region. Together with the famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini, he is fast becoming the undisputed top among the Super Tuscans.
Located in the village of Montiano, this tenuta was founded in 2000 by Francesco Bolla and his family. Montiano is part of the Magliano-in-Toscana commune, in the province of Grosseto, known as the wine-growing region of Morellino di Scansano. Here, in the coastal region of the Tuscan Maremma, their south-southwest oriented vineyards are located about 15 km from the Mediterranean Sea. At an altitude of 170 to 300 meters above sea level, the vineyards are planted with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The planting density is 6,700 canes per hectare. The total vineyard area is 27 hectares, of which the stone-studded soil naturally consists of lime and clay.
After years of assisting his family in Soave (Veneto), winemaker and owner Francesco Bolla was drawn through the Etruscan landscape of the Tuscan Maremma. The Mediterranean climate and the cool, salty sea breeze have a particularly favorable effect on the vineyards. Striving for perfection, Francesco receives valuable advice from his good friend Carlo Ferrini, one of the most respected Italian oenologists who also works for Barone Ricasoli and Poliziano.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese|
|Drinking as of||2019|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|