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

Difficult vintages are said to reveal the true potential of the best terroirs, and never has this been more true than in the 2017 vintage in Montalcino. The winter was mild and very dry, as was the spring. This led to budding about two weeks earlier than normal. The frost that hit the area in the middle of April caused enormous damage across much of Europe, but thanks to the location of San Polo’s vineyards, with their southern exposure, 450-metre altitude and abundant air circulation, our vines suffered no damage. The summer that followed was marked by elevated temperatures and almost no rainfall, which created difficult conditions for the vines. Again, at this stage, we were able to appreciate the advantages of a particularly well-suited vine growing area, which treated us to daytime breezes and excellent day-night temperature variations, creating conditions that relieved the vines, which showed no symptoms of drought or heat-related stress. The rain that fell between the end of August and the beginning of September, not only restored the land’s water reserves, but it also gave the final ‘go ahead’ for the most important stage in the ripening of Sangiovese, the last month before harvesting.

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

91

James Suckling

Fresh and lively, this offers simple flavors, especially notes of dried cherry, and a clean finish. 516 cases made. –

88, Bronze Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards

Very grapey, with berry and stemmy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, moderately tannic, fresh on the finish. A bit simple. Drink now. 500 cases made. –JS

88, Bronze Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards

Very grapey, with berry and stemmy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, moderately tannic, fresh on the finish. A bit simple. Drink now. 500 cases made. –JS

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