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

One of the best vintages in the last twenty years. The entire growing cycle of the vine took place under the best possible conditions. A cold winter with frequent heavy rainfall and low temperatures gave way to a dry spring with slightly above average temperatures , enabling uniform budding and perfect flowering. Showers in the summer months were scarce but fortunately heavy, which made it possible to carry out sustainable and environmentally friendly pest and disease management. Hot, sunny days with excellent day-night temperature variations enabled the bunches to achieve ideal ripening by the end of September: the berries were perfectly healthy and acidity was high, despite elevated sugar concentration.  The harvest of Sangiovese, which was completed by the end of the month, delivered perfectly healthy grapes with a very thick skin, a prerequisite for long macerations and for wines with great ageing potential.

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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

92

Wine Spectator

“Soils rich in calcium and clay on two vineyards on the San Polo Estate, 1476 feet above sea level, impart character to this 30-month barrel-aged, six months in bottle masterpiece. Aromas of dried blue and red fruits lead to the wine’s high-powered energy. Fine acidity and tart-cherry cinnamon lead the way, followed by sweet rose petals and tomato leaf. Sandalwood, balsamic and earthy tones join in mid-way to the full finish.” – Meridith May

95

Wine Enthusiast

Drinks that fit this recipe: Moose roast with venison sauce

93

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is very expressive, contrasting zesty dried citrus against ripe plum and strawberries with hints of wild herbs. It’s silky and rich, showing depths of fleshy red fruits yet with a sour twang of spiced orange and inner earth tones creating a fully satisfying expression. A subtle tug of fine tannin lingers, yet the 2016 San Polo won’t require much time to come fully into focus.

90

Vinous

Recognized by its red shield-shaped label, the Poggio San Polo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark and nicely concentrated expression of Sangiovese. This wine shows proverbial meat on its bones with rich cherry and cassis, backed by cola, potting soil and balsam wood. The bouquet grows in intensity as the wine warms in the glass. The tannins are well integrated within the depth and length of the mouthfeel. Give this Brunello a few more years to flesh out and soften. - Monica Larner

95

SOMM Journal

Edel leuchtendes Rubinrot. Zeigt sich in der Nase mit Nuancen von reifen Preiselbeeren, Himbeeren, leichter Pfefferton, im Nachhall kommt wieder die Brombeere hervor. Im Mund geschliffen und saftig, o_ffnet sich rotbeerig-kernig, spannt einen feinen Bogen, saftig-salziges Finish.

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James Suckling

COMMENTO CONCLUSIVO GUIDA 2021: Fra i migliori della denominazione già il Rosso di Montalcino 2018 di San Polo, i suoi Brunello svettano per limpidezza d'aroma e morbidezza gustativa. Note di valor viticolo ed enologico che il Brunello di Montalcino 2015 profonde con balsamica persistenza d'aroma, e che il Brunello di Montalcino Podernovi 2015 rivela con mirabile, vivida suadenza e con grande limpidezza olfattiva. Complimenti.

3 stelle, 93

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

“Aromas of underbrush, rose petal, new leather and wild mint shape the nose. The savory, elegantly structured palate shows ripe red cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and cinnamon framed in tightly knit, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it radiant. Drink 2023–2036. Trinchero Family Estates. Editors’ Choice.” —Kerin O’Keefe

88, Bronze Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards

A rich, layered red with blackberry and chocolate, as well as cured-meat and wet-earth undertones. It’s full-bodied with depth, intensity and focus. Lovely, velvety tannins and a long, creamy-textured mouth feel. Generous finish with tension. Better than 2015. Try after 2024.

90

Decanter Magazine

Guida 2021

92

Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni

The San Polo 2016 Brunello di Montalcino brings forth dark fruit, cherry, spice, integrated oak tones and balsam herb. This is a round and lightly textured Sangiovese with a long and polished finish. In fact, the mouthfeel delivers more in terms of length and persistence than it does density or richness. It offers a silky, almost glossy disposition that is colored by dried raspberry, wild cherry and blue flower. This wine represents a selection of the best fruit from across various parcels farmed by this estate. Production is 30,000 bottles.

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Decanter Magazine

Guida 2021

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