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

After quite a harsh winter that also saw some heavy snowfall – advantageous for the accumulation of underground water reserves – the spring was relatively warm, in accordance with seasonal norms. The beginning of the growing season occurred around 10th - 20th April, in line with the average in the area. The summer was very hot with little rainfall, so in some cases the vineyards were pushed to the limit in terms of the proper development of the growing phase. The rainfall in late summer and early September restored the vines’ balance and created the best conditions for the most important phase of ripening for Sangiovese. The grapes developed excellent properties, both from a health point of view and from the point of view of their analytical characteristics. The weather during September was good and very balanced: rainfall brought cool temperatures – especially at night – while the days were warm and sunny thereby fostering ideal ripening of the grapes.

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

93

Wine Spectator

Aromas of plum, dried meat, flower and figs. Full body, velvety and chewy tannins. So much fruit and intensity. I love the generous fruit and form to this wine. Drink in 2021.
90

Wine Enthusiast

Restons donc en Toscane avec ce grand Brunello di Montalcino. C'est la maison Allegrini biene atablie dans le nord de l'Italie qui s'aventure ici dans l'appellation phare de la Toscane. L'enterprise essaie de minimiser le plus possible son empreinte environnementale et le resultat est elegant, race et puissant. On y retrouve toute l'expression du sangiovese muri pendant 3 ans en futs de chene de la Slavonie, une region de la Hongrie. Fruits rouges bien murs, touches florales er des notesbalsamiques et de cuir sont au garde a vous dans le verre. Il est tres appreciable des maintenant, mais pourra se developper davantage dans les prochaines annees. Beau vin! A la bonne votre!

90

Wine Advocate

89

Vinous

Upfront, pretty aromas of sweet berry fruit heightened by oak-derived spice. Medium-bodied with lively fruit, an intense, high-toned finish. Very decent.

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Tout sur le vin.ca

The Poggio San Polo 2013 Brunello di Montalcino offers bright and sweet cherry fruit that pops out with pretty intensity as soon as you lift the glass to your nose. This wine offers beautiful fruit definition and a snappy personality that sings loud and clear. So many Brunellos can taste flat and evolved, but this wine is jazzy and very lively instead. The wine is fermented in cement vats and later aged in large oak casks and tonneaux for two years. Some 50,000 bottles were made.
16+

Jancis Robinson

“Underbrush, toast, dark-skinned berry and eucalyptus aromas lead the way. Firmly structured and elegant, the palate offers dried cherry, cranberry and star anise framed in fine-grained tannins. A coffee note wraps up the finish.”

91

James Suckling

91

Intravino - Andrea Gori

Elegant and approachable, this Brunello offers charming berry and cherry flavors, accented by tea, tobacco and spice. Firms up as the dense tannins flex on the finish

95

Guida Essenziale ai Vini d'Italia di Daniele Cernilli - DoctorWine

Maturing ruby with bricky tinges. A little smoky and herbal on the nose. Herbal cherry fruiat with plenty of acidity but lacks a little in vigour and expression. (Walter Speller)

95

Guida Essenziale ai Vini d'Italia di Daniele Cernilli - DoctorWine

Deep red. Woodsy nuances of underbrush and potpourri complicate aromas of cherry kirsch and licorice. Then youthfully chewy in the mouth, featuring red cherry and licorice flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with lively acidity and repeating licorice notes on the long back end, which also delivers some alcohol-derived heat. - Ian D'Agata

Bronze Medal, 89

Decanter World Wine Awards

Woodland berry, forest floor, exotic spice and tobacco aromas escape the glass. It's bright and loaded with finesse, delivering crushed red cherry, juicy cranberry, cinnamon and clove framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Vibrant acidity lends exquisite balance while a star anise note closes the lingering finish. I love the classic vibe on this—it's the best offering I've had to date from this dynamic estate. Drink 2021–2038.

91

Decanter Magazine

This verges on cherry liqueur flavors, along with plum, spice and chocolate notes. Modern in feel, with a direct approach, yet has a firm, dense undertow and a lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. 4,000 cases made. – BS

16+

Jancis Robinson

“Underbrush, toast, dark-skinned berry and eucalyptus aromas lead the way. Firmly structured and elegant, the palate offers dried cherry, cranberry and star anise framed in fine-grained tannins. A coffee note wraps up the finish.”

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