Vignavecchia

Vignavecchia

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Made only in select vintages, this is the estate’s smallest and most prized cru. Produced from a tiny, west-facing, 2-hectare (5 acres) vineyard planted on a steep hill in 1988, this is the winery’s oldest and most prized vineyard block.

 

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Climate trend

The number of clusters was ideal and not excessive. A cool, wet spring delayed flowering by a few days, thus delaying the expected harvest period by at least one week. An ideal summer that was hot but never scorching allowed veraison to proceed evenly and quickly. The bunches were sparse and well positioned and there was no need for thinning except in some areas of more vigorous than average growth. September began with abundant rainfall which cooled down the vineyards and replenished water reserves, thus enabling the Sangiovese grapes to achieve full ripeness. The beginning of the harvest, in the last few days of September, took place in ideal conditions. Fresh, almost cold nights allowed the grapes to reach the cellar at low temperatures, while the warm, sunny days enabled the later-ripening vineyards to ripen fully. This vintage was a bit ‘old style’, with a decidedly late-harvest compared to the norm in recent years. Even the wines are reminiscent of a more traditional style: acidity, finesse and elegance are the characteristics that this vintage will be remembered for, which is also perfectly suited to prolonged ageing.

Vintage rating

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%

Soil

Vineyard

Vignavecchia - 2 hectares (4.94 acres)

Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates during the first October weeks

Bottle

Size

750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt

Barrel

Vinification

Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries

Ageing

30 months in lightly-toasted  600 litres tonneaux with thick staves. This is followed by at least 6 months of bottle ageing before its market release.

Fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux

Malolactic fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux

Awards

94

Wine Spectator

A ripe, heady style, boasting plum, black cherry, iron, leather and tobacco aromas and flavors. A touch of new oak adds spice, while the structure marries bright acidity and dusty tannins. Shows fine balance on a broad-shouldered frame. Best from 2023 through 2042. 125 cases made, 20 cases imported. – BS
95

James Suckling

Da uve sangiovese, matura in botti e tonneau per 28 mesi. Rubino intenso. Al naso sottobosco primaverile, con note balsamiche e tabacco oltre alla marasca. Trama gustativa austera ma composta con tannini ben integrati e un equilibrio confortevole. Ottima la progressione ed il finale saporito e incisivo.
4 viti

Guida Vitae - AIS

Tre Stelle Oro
Grandi Esordi

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Released in numbered bottles, the Poggio San Polo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vignavecchia is a true beauty with the elegance, distinctive intensity and savory sophisticated flavors that you only get in this storied appellation in the southern half of Tuscany. I tasted bottle number 1,390 of 1,500 total bottles released. With fruit from old vines, the wine is naturally denser and richer. This expression also shows more oak shadings, with pretty spice and smoke that frame the dark fruit. These various elements come together with impeccable precision and focus. I suggest giving this wine a few more years of cellar rest. - Monica Larner

Grandi Esordi

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Released in numbered bottles, the Poggio San Polo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vignavecchia is a true beauty with the elegance, distinctive intensity and savory sophisticated flavors that you only get in this storied appellation in the southern half of Tuscany. I tasted bottle number 1,390 of 1,500 total bottles released. With fruit from old vines, the wine is naturally denser and richer. This expression also shows more oak shadings, with pretty spice and smoke that frame the dark fruit. These various elements come together with impeccable precision and focus. I suggest giving this wine a few more years of cellar rest. - Monica Larner
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