Rubio

Rubio

Toscana IGT

Here Sangiovese, the most important - and often rather austere - grape variety of Montalcino, meets Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This marriage makes for a wine of great freshness and versatility with a deep ruby red colour. Rubio is modern and elegant and conveys the lively fragrances and colours of an untouched natural environment.

 

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Climate trend

In vintage 2010, the first phase of growth was accompanied by frequent rainfall, which continued until mid-June, with spring temperatures that were slightly below average. The next phase, starting from the last 10 days of June was very dry and hot. Rain then held off until the beginning of September. During September, daytime temperatures were stable while the nights were rather cool, providing the very favourable gap between day and night temperatures needed to foster ideal ripening. The various phases of vegetative development were rather late and slow, but steady and continuous and, from the last week of August onwards, the ripening of the grapes evolved perfectly. The wines produced in this vintage exhibit extraordinary characteristics for Sangiovese, in terms of both nose and palate, as well as composition. In addition to an excellent alcohol content, total polyphenols, anthocyanins and extracts are very high and rarely found in this grape varietal.

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Soil

Vineyard

San Polo

Harvest

Grapes are harvested by hand in small 17 kg crates during the second half of September

Bottle

Size

750

Barrel

Vinification

After careful selection of the bunches, soft pressing of the grapes and cryomaceration prior to fermentation

Ageing

10 months in stainless steel tanks, 4 months in bottle

Fermentation

In tapered refrigerated stainless steel tanks

Malolactic fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Awards

83

Wine Spectator

suadentemente speziato

88

Wine Enthusiast

A gorgeous entry-level offering, the 2011 Rubio is a pretty, fresh, vinous wine to drink over the next few years. Sweet black cherries, spices and violets all jump from the glass in this exuberant, flashy Sangiovese. Readers looking for a delicious, value-priced Tuscan red will find much to like here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. Over the last few years, San Polo has emerged as one of the most consistent producers in Montalcino. The wines are forward, juicy and highly appealing on release.

88

Wine Advocate

The 2011 Rubio, 100% Sangiovese, is plump, juicy and expressive. The darker side of Sangiovese comes through, but all the elements are in the right place. This is a fabulous wine for the money

2 bicchieri

Vini d'Italia del Gambero Rosso

The bright black cherry, pomegranate and cedar flavors are matched to vibrant acidity and dusty tannins in this red. Leaves a drying sensation around the gums. Sangiovese. Best from 2016 through 2023. 6,600 cases made. –BS

2 stelle, 88

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Bronze Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards

87

Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni

Bronze Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards

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