Review: 2019 Poggio Anima Belial and Uriel
Poggio Anima is “a collection of various Italian native varietals representing four regions in Italy, typifying the cultural heartbeat of each area. The brand name translates to ‘Hill of Soul’ and personifies the individual vineyards cultivated for each bottle,” each of which are personified as crazy, pagan demons. (The white wines are named after archangels while the reds are named after fallen angels.)
Today we look at two of these wines — both highly affordable options.
2019 Poggio Anima Belial Sangiovese Toscana IGT – 100% sangiovese from a single vineyard near Siena, in the Chianti Colli Senesi zone. Young and straightforward, it’s exuberant with maraschino cherry notes and touched with mint. A more earthy tannic character emerges on the finish, with some enduring florals showing. B+ / $15
2019 Poggio Anima Uriel Grillo Sicily DOC – Honeyed and gently peachy, with ample floral notes to spare. A light touch of grassiness gives the finish a bit of needed bite along with some salinity, and there’s enough acidity in the mix to provide enough balance for poolside sipping or enjoying with antipasto. B+ / $15