Podernovi

Podernovi

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Podernovi, San Polo’s new single vineyard Brunello, makes its debut with the extraordinary 2015 vintage. Crafted with Sangiovese grapes grown in the vineyard synonymous with the wine, it is among the most beautiful and archetypal of Montalcino. Podernovi is an elegant and poignant Brunello.

 

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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.

Vintage rating

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%

Soil

Vineyard

Podernovi – 3 hectares

Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates during the first October weeks

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 lightly toasted 4000 L casks. This is followed by at least 6 months of bottle ageing before its market release.

Fermentation

In 2500 L tapered Slavonian oak vats

Malolactic fermentation

In 4000 L wooden casks

Awards

95

Wine Spectator

Graduatoria ottenuta sommando le valutazioni ottenute dalle più autorevoli guide italiane (Gambero Rosso, Vitae, Bibenda, Veronelli, Cernilli, Maroni)
93, Cellar Selection

Wine Enthusiast

The Poggio San Polo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Podernovi offers great density and textural richness. I would say that this wine is most characterized by the quality of the mouthfeel that wraps smoothly and thickly over the palate. Dark cherry, tobacco, earth, plum and dark fruit add intensity and flavorful substance. The wine's full-bodied approach would match grilled meats or roasts. - Monica Larner
94

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Podernovi is youthfully coy and restrained, requiring time in the glass to begin showing an understated display of dusty black cherry, sweet spice and rosy florals. There are depths of silky textures here, ushering in waves of ripe red and black fruits with a balsamic tinge and only a hint of round tannin to slow its progression. The finish is clean and finessed with notes of licorice and dried berries. This is nicely balanced, yet it lacks the depth and minerality I find throughout the better wines of the vintage.
92

Vinous

Grande Esordio
97

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.
94

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Delicately perfumed and finessed, the San Polo 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Podernovi is very floral and lifted in personality. This vintage is very different than the inaugural 2015 vintage. I remember the previous release for its darker and blacker quality of fruit. This cooler vintage is more lithe and lighthearted, with building aromatic intensity that unfolds with caution and care. Once you've had the wine in your glass, it reveals a succession of sour cherry, wild rose and fresh lavender bud. There are light mineral dustings as well, and the wine is ultimately quite solid and structured. This bodes well for its aging evolution. Fruit comes from a two-hectare parcel in a cool and high position some 450 meters above sea level. The soils are clayey with schistous Galestro. Production is 13,000 bottles.
Grande esordio, 94

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

“Vines planted in 1990 in this estate’s 7.4-acre Podernovi vineyard gave a floral, vibrant wine in 2016, just the second vintage for this single-vineyard Brunello. It unfolds with flavors of juicy red cherry, orange peel and subtle spices that give way to notes of fresh mushroom and forest floor, those earthy tones providing warm ballast for the vibrant fruit flavors. San Polo has been owned since 2007 by the Veneto’s Allegrini family in conjunction with Leonardo LoCascio.” - Stephanie Johnson
92

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

A tight, chewy red with plums and berries, together with orange-peel and dried-flower undertones. It’s full with fine tannins and a long, floral finish. Very reserved now. Try after 2023.
#46 TOP 100 ROSSI ITALIANO DEL 2021

Gentleman

“Aromas of forest floor, grilled herb, camphor and pipe tobacco mingle on the nose of this full-bodied red. The firm, elegantly structured palate offers juicy Marasca cherry, red currant, licorice and coffee bean. Tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity grip the close and lend an ageworthy structure. Drink 2026–2041. Trinchero Family Estates. Cellar Selection.” —Kerin O’Keefe
98

Falstaff

Da uve sangiovese, matura in tonneau e botti per 24 mesi. Rubino classico compatto. Olfatto su note calde di marasca e visciole, intenso e pulito. Trama gustativa fitta, con un tannino leggermente sabbioso che intacca la progressione altrimenti intensa e succosa. La bottiglia migliorerà questo aspetto dando grande longevità. Il finale è molto persistente.
89

Decanter Magazine

Guida 2021 - GRANDE ESORDIO vino eccellente alla prima recensione 94-100/100
93

Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni

A young brand but one that demonstrates a crystalline vision. Intensity on the nose, great presence of undergrowth: blackberry, blueberry and a pleasant spicy trace with a scent of licorice in the background. Taut and juicy mouth, salty tannins and a delightful persistence.

#46 TOP 100 ROSSI ITALIANO DEL 2021

Gentleman

“Aromas of forest floor, grilled herb, camphor and pipe tobacco mingle on the nose of this full-bodied red. The firm, elegantly structured palate offers juicy Marasca cherry, red currant, licorice and coffee bean. Tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity grip the close and lend an ageworthy structure. Drink 2026–2041. Trinchero Family Estates. Cellar Selection.” —Kerin O’Keefe
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