Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino

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Brunello is a red wine of great power and elegance, the ultimate expression of Sangiovese. In Montalcino it is characterized by its reddish-brown colour and intense aromas and flavours.
At San Polo, the Allegrini estate in Montalcino, our Brunello is the fruit of tremendous love and respect for the land and a wine based on strong ethics, quality, and sustainability.

 

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Climate trend

Difficult vintages are said to reveal the true potential of the best terroirs, and never has this been more true than in the 2017 vintage in Montalcino. The winter was mild and very dry, as was the spring. This led to budding about two weeks earlier than normal. The frost that hit the area in the middle of April caused enormous damage across much of Europe, but thanks to the location of San Polo’s vineyards, with their southern exposure, 450-metre altitude and abundant air circulation, our vines suffered no damage. The summer that followed was marked by elevated temperatures and almost no rainfall, which created difficult conditions for the vines. Again, at this stage, we were able to appreciate the advantages of a particularly well-suited vine growing area, which treated us to daytime breezes and excellent day-night temperature variations, creating conditions that relieved the vines, which showed no symptoms of drought or heat-related stress. The rain that fell between the end of August and the beginning of September, not only restored the land’s water reserves, but it also gave the final ‘go ahead’ for the most important stage in the ripening of Sangiovese, the last month before harvesting.

Vintage rating

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%

Soil

Vineyard

San Polo and Montluc

Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates towards the end of September.

Bottle

Size

750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt

Barrel

Vinification

Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries

Ageing

30 months in 1000 L, 2000 L and 4000 L oak casks. This is followed by at least 6 months ageing in the bottle before it is released onto the market.

Fermentation

In concrete tanks

Malolactic fermentation

in oak casks

Awards

91

Wine Spectator

Black currant and cherry flavors mingle in this robust red, with iron, tobacco and wild herbs adding detail. Fresh and juicy, with well-integrated tannins and a lingering finish. Best from 2024 through 2040. 2,400 cases made, 1,210 cases imported. –Bruce Sanderson

92

Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of underbrush, blue flower and toasted nut form the nose along with oak-driven spice. The medium-bodied palate offers dried cherry, roasted coffee bean and licorice set against a backbone of close-grained tannins. It closes on a note of dried sage. KERIN O’KEEFE

93

Wine Advocate

The San Polo 2017 Brunello di Montalcino (made with organic fruit) opens to a really fun and unique bouquet. I found aromas of dried herb, oregano and wild licorice, which I don't find in other wines from this vintage. There is also a pretty floral component that actually outpaces those characteristic aromas of cherry and redcurrant that you always get with Sangiovese. This wine has that extra layer of balsam intensity that sets it apart in a crowd.

93

James Suckling

Ripe plum and dried citrus notes in the form of oranges on the nose follow through to a full body with juicy fruit and a creamy and rather chewy aftertaste. This 2017 shows some balance and focus for the vintage, considering the hot growing conditions. 

93

James Suckling

Ripe plum and dried citrus notes in the form of oranges on the nose follow through to a full body with juicy fruit and a creamy and rather chewy aftertaste. This 2017 shows some balance and focus for the vintage, considering the hot growing conditions. 

92

Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of underbrush, blue flower and toasted nut form the nose along with oak-driven spice. The medium-bodied palate offers dried cherry, roasted coffee bean and licorice set against a backbone of close-grained tannins. It closes on a note of dried sage. KERIN O’KEEFE

91

Wine Spectator

Black currant and cherry flavors mingle in this robust red, with iron, tobacco and wild herbs adding detail. Fresh and juicy, with well-integrated tannins and a lingering finish. Best from 2024 through 2040. 2,400 cases made, 1,210 cases imported. –Bruce Sanderson

93

Wine Advocate

The San Polo 2017 Brunello di Montalcino (made with organic fruit) opens to a really fun and unique bouquet. I found aromas of dried herb, oregano and wild licorice, which I don't find in other wines from this vintage. There is also a pretty floral component that actually outpaces those characteristic aromas of cherry and redcurrant that you always get with Sangiovese. This wine has that extra layer of balsam intensity that sets it apart in a crowd.

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