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

An unusually warm winter encouraged early budding with a consequent high risk of frost damage. During spring, rain and relatively high temperatures seemed to provide ideal conditions for the proliferation of the spores that cause downy mildew. Rainfall continued until the beginning of September. The lack of light slowed the ripening process, cancelling out, day by day, the phenological properties accumulated during the month of May. Excellent exposure and constant breezes enabled the grapes to reach harvest time in good health and with ideal ripeness, giving rise to wines with distinct personality and elegance.

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

89

Wine Spectator

A more delicate style than many 2015s, this displays cherry, strawberry, mineral and tobacco flavors. Builds in weight as the solid matrix of tannins asserts itself on the lively finish. Best from 2022 through 2038. 3,500 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. – BS

93, Top 10 Brunello di Montalcino 2014

Wine Enthusiast

Jointly owned by renowned Amarone producer Allegrini and retired US distributor Leonardo Lo Cascio, San Polo sits high up on the southern slopes of Montalcino. The Brunello is crafted from south- and southwest-facing plots and is aged in a combination of new and used 500-litre French oak tonneaux. Notes of dusty baked earth, dried plums and tobacco are subtle. The palate is ample yet polished and polite, however it lacks a bit of energy. Drinking Window 2020 - 2029 – by Michaela Morris

92

Wine Advocate

Wild berry, camphor, tobacco and cocoa aromas fill the glass. Smooth, juicy and delicious, the full-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, raspberry compote and licorice while firm fine-grained tannins offer support. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2022–2027. – Kerin O'Keefe

Rosso Medal

The WineHunter Award

Toasted cherries, dried walnuts and jammy plums, with clove spice from the oak.

15.5

Jancis Robinson

 The ripe red fruit here is so expressive and floral, featuring dried rose petals, hibiscus, poppies, dried strawberries and raspberries. It falls inwards on the palate, compressed and captivating, gathering rough-edged strands of tannins as it goes, threading them through an iron-fisted, central core of flavor and texture. Drink in 2025.

93

James Suckling

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows dusty black cherries, offset by minty herbs, sweet, almost-exotic spices, and then grounded by a whiff of undergrowth. On the palate, soft textures pave the way for a savory expression of ripe red fruits, with subtle hints of spice and inner floral tones that mount toward the close. The finish is medium in length, resonating on savory fruits and herbs with a mineral twang. The 2015 San Polo is already quite easy to like, and I don’t see much reason to hold it for longer than a few years. – Eric Guido

15.5

Jancis Robinson

 The ripe red fruit here is so expressive and floral, featuring dried rose petals, hibiscus, poppies, dried strawberries and raspberries. It falls inwards on the palate, compressed and captivating, gathering rough-edged strands of tannins as it goes, threading them through an iron-fisted, central core of flavor and texture. Drink in 2025.

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