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

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.

Vintage rating

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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

90

Wine Spectator

Guida 2021

89

Wine Enthusiast

“With the majority of hillside-grown Sangiovese making up this stainless-steel aged red, Rubio presents as dense and juicy, with a high acidity and notes of concentrated dark plum. Soy sauce and olive tapenade add dimension to its freshness. The wine is silky, leaving a touch of salinity on the tongue.” – Meridith May

Silver Medal

Mundus Vini - Meininger

This is light and beginning to brown, but the aromas are enticing, suggesting mushroom, leather and spice. Fully mature now, the complex flavors lead into a long, lingering finish. Well made and from a great vintage. 600 cases made. –

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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.

Commended

Decanter World Wine Awards

Serious and intense, with drops of soy sauce over smoky, oaky, jammy red and black fruits, leading to a mint-lifted finish.

Gold

Berliner Wine Trophy

Lots of dried fruit with orange-peel character. Hints of cedar, too. Medium body. Juicy fruit and a delicious finish

James Suckling

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.

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