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

Vintage 2011 had a slow start with a cool spring and frequent showers. The lower than average temperatures for the time of year continued until July and up until that point the vintage could easily have been considered a cool one. However, from mid-August through to the beginning of September, high pressure over the African continent brought temperatures well above 38°C (100°F). Fortunately, at San Polo the vines were able to access sufficient water reserves to avoid stress. These conditions were completely different to the intense hot weather of 2003 and the overall cool weather in 2002: this vintage is more similar to vintage 2000, which started in a similar way, with generally lower temperatures followed by a short but intense increase in temperature during August.

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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

88

Wine Advocate

San Polo has done a terrific job with their 2012 Rubio, the estate's entry-level, Sangiovese-based red. Hints of tobacco, leather, smoke, cedar and sweet red cherries are all laced into the finish. Best of all, the Rubio remains very attractively priced. – Antonio Galloni
87

Vinous

The 2012 Rubio is a supple entry-level red to drink over the next few years. Expressive red berries, spices and leather jump from the glass. This tasty Sangiovese from San Polo offers superb quality for the money. – Antonio Galloni

88

Wine Advocate

San Polo has done a terrific job with their 2012 Rubio, the estate's entry-level, Sangiovese-based red. Hints of tobacco, leather, smoke, cedar and sweet red cherries are all laced into the finish. Best of all, the Rubio remains very attractively priced. – Antonio Galloni
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