Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino


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

Vintage 2011 had a slow start with a cool spring and frequent showers. The lower than average temperatures for the time of year continued until July and up until that point the vintage could easily have been considered a cool one. However, from mid-August through to the beginning of September, high pressure over the African continent brought temperatures well above 38°C (100°F). Fortunately, at San Polo the vines were able to access sufficient water reserves to avoid stress. These conditions were completely different to the intense hot weather of 2003 and the overall cool weather in 2002: this vintage is more similar to vintage 2000, which started in a similar way, with generally lower temperatures followed by a short but intense increase in temperature during August.

Vintage rating

Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%



San Polo and Montluc


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



750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt



Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries


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.


In concrete tanks

Malolactic fermentation

in oak casks



Wine Spectator

Lots of cherries and dried fruits with hints of orange peel on the nose. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. So much fruit and richness. Shows the warmth of the vintage


Wine Enthusiast

San Polo è solare ed energico, amarena e fragole, tocchi di legno giusti e ben scanditi, tostatura, bocca serrata e succosa senza cedimenti, equilibrio e sapidità.


Wine Advocate



Ottimamente confezionato anche il Brunello 11 (rif. Riserva 10) già piuttosto approcciabile coi suoi richiami di ciliegia e caffè.



Tasted blind. Concentrated mid ruby with bright, orange tinges. Firm spice nose with lurking, perfumed, sweet fruit. Very fresh and lively on the palate. A little bit short on fruit, or perhaps it is just closed, making the acidity look a little tart and the tannins a little dry, at least for the moment. (WS)

2 bicchieri

Vini d'Italia del Gambero Rosso

You can see from the Poggio San Polo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino that this vintage produced wines of gorgeous color intensity and appearance. It shows a saturated ruby color with garnet highlights that is very characteristic of Sangiovese from this warm growing season. This expression is aged in large barrel and tonneaux for two years. The bouquet delivers dark fruit aromas, leather and spice.


Jancis Robinson

Mid garnet with bricky rim. More intense than the Rosso, more spicy and with a more obvious leathery development. Firmer than the Rosso but resolved and silky nevertheless. Sour-cherry freshness and great length. There's perhaps more current/immediate pleasure in the Rosso but this is more serious and has a longer future ahead. Extreme and refined persistence. (JH) 15%


Jancis Robinson

L’un des vignobles le plus haut perché offre un brunello doté d’une belle fraîcheur, en raison justement de son positionnement géographique. Il s’agit du « petit domaine » San Polo. Tourné vers le sud, le soleil chaud de la Toscane réussit à rejoindre le raisin pour donner une sensation chaude au palais. Opulent mais bien équilibré, ses notes de fruits rouges lui donnent une couleur rouge rubis fort attrayante. Le superbe millésime 2010 n’est plus sur les tablettes de la SAQ, (76$), mais le 2012 sera là l’automne prochain pour 4 dollars de plus. Et oui, il faut un budget pour goûter le brunello !


James Suckling

Elegant and intense, this tightly coiled red offers strawberry, cherry and spice flavors. Shows good grip on the finish, where tobacco and mineral elements emerge. Best from 2017 through 2028. 6,000 cases made.

3 stelle, 91

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Bright red. Crisp and bright aromas and flavours of red berries and gunflint. Supple on entry with flavors of red fruit and botanical herbs, then tight and vinous on the back with the acidity and tough tannins rising sharply. Cellaring might help soften this Brunello a tad.


James Suckling

Elegant and intense, this tightly coiled red offers strawberry, cherry and spice flavors. Shows good grip on the finish, where tobacco and mineral elements emerge. Best from 2017 through 2028. 6,000 cases made.

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