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.
The winter was not particularly cold, and spring arrived slightly earlier than usual, with temperatures slightly above average, giving the vines’ shoots the opportunity to uniformly develop. The following weeks saw frequent rainfall, which allowed the land to build water reserves, alternating with periods of dry weather, enabling the vines to continue growing without any problems. The damp conditions during flowering led to the formation of bunches that were slightly more sparse than usual and with rather small berries, ideal preconditions for reaching harvest time with perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. However, the feature that will make vintage 2016 particularly memorable is the excellent temperature range that characterized the months of July, August and September, with sunny days and cool, breezy nights. We therefore reached the beginning of October with grapes that exhibited a superb combination of maturity, acidity and aromatic potential, perfect conditions for the production of wines with a distinct personality and a great balance of concentration, elegance and longevity; a perfect reflection of the production philosophy of San Polo.
Podernovi – 3 hectares
Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates during the first October weeks
750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt
Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries
30 months in lightly toasted 4000 L casks. This is followed by at least 6 months of bottle ageing before its market release.
In 2500 L tapered Slavonian oak vats
In 4000 L wooden casks
Wine&SpiritsGuida Vitae 2020
Wine SpectatorAromas of underbrush, camphor and tobacco form the nose along with a whiff of prune. Tightly knit and full-bodied, the palate features black-cherry jam, licorice, roasted coffee-bean and toasted notes alongside close-grained, velvety tannins. Drink 2022–2027. – Kerin O'Keefe
Wine EnthusiastI Grandi Esordi sono vini che entrano per la prima volta in Guida, o che rientrano dopo lunga assenza, valutati con punteggio uguale o superiore a 94 centesimi. Essendo per la Guida Veronelli la costanza qualitativa un valore, per conseguire le Tre Stelle Oro questi vini dovranno ottenere un giudizio eccellente anche nell’annata successiva.
Wine AdvocateA rich, ripe version, offering black cherry, blackberry, plum, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors. Firm and dense, with a youthful impression on the lingering finish. Shows fine underlying power. Best from 2022 through 2040. 100 cases made, 30 cases imported. –BS
VinousThis has a pretty impressive nose, packed with concentration. It displays brambleberries, blackcurrants, darkly spiced herbs, hot stones, plums, caramel and loads of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and decadent on the palate with layers of rich dark fruit, but some lovely, firm tannins to back it all up. Long and chewy on the structured finish. Drink in 2024.
Luca GardiniKraftvolles Rubin mit feinem Granatrand. Ero_ffnet mit Noten nach Minze und Ingwer, saftige Kirsche, im Hintergrund etwas harzig. Dicht und kompakt am Gaumen, zeigt viel frische, rotbeerige Frucht, griffiges, zupackendes Tannin.
James SucklingA mix of wild herb, Tuscan scrub, rose, cherry and earth flavors mark this sleek red, which tiptoes between elegance and power, with a layer of chalky tannins underlying it all. With air, the ripe cherry and plum fruit comes forward. Best from 2025 through 2047. 100 cases imported. –BS
FalstaffThis is a phenomenal new red from San Polo with superb depth and intensity with plum, wet earth and black truffle. Full body. Chewy and ripe tannins and a long and flavorful finish. The depth and beautiful is gorgeous. Needs three or four years to come together. Better after 2022.