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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 2015

Grown on the highest parts of San Polino’s tiny vineyard and aged for four years in Slavonian and French oak before release, this is a supremely refined Brunello. It’s perfumed with licorice, curry, and wild scrub—perfect reflections of its northwest Montalcino home. Dark fruit and woody nuances are framed by terracotta-like tannins, finishing with brightness and levity. It exhibits all the perfumed liquorice, curry and wild scrub nuances that a walk through the vineyard offers. It's dark fruited on the palate, where shaded woodland notes come to the fore and elegant, terracotta-like tannins give assertive mid-palate presence and structure. Then after all of that depth, the wine finishes with brightness and lightness.

  • Brand: San Polino
  • Region:Tuscany
  • Sub-Region:Siena
  • Commune/Village:Montalcino
  • Varietal:Sangiovese grosso
  • Color:Red
  • Alcohol:14.5%
  • Size:750ml

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  • Country:Italy
  • How much so2 added:40 ml/l
  • Climate:2012 A cold winter was followed by a mild spring, with adequate rainfall. Summer arrived hot and early, and the vines became very vigorous. Grapes ripened uniformly, albeit quite fast. In late summer, however, hot, dry days followed by cold nighttime temperatures slowed the ripening down, and ensured the quality of polyphenols and acidity. We harvested at the beginning of October. 2015 The winter saw cold night-time temperatures but rarely below freezing. This was followed by an early spring with many days of bright sunshine interspersed with at least 7 days rain per month, very good for the soils and replenishing water for the vines. Summer started early with a warm June, hot July and August following through to the end of September. Luckily at San Polino we caught the few storms that there were, with no hail damage. The rain bought relief to the vines, giving them strength for their last lap before harvest. 2016 A cold winter was followed by a relatively fresh spring, with occasional rainy spells, and balanced temperatures in the summer, with great temperature variations. Occasional bad weather never compromised the grape quality, but rather provided the plants with the perfect amount of rainwater, and led to no significant issues. A combination of fresh and dry nights in late ripening allowed to achieve a perfect maturation.
  • Harvest Technique:Hand harvested
  • Soil:loam soils
  • Vineyard Size:8 ha
  • Vine Age (year planted):1990
  • Fermentation:Grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts in tronic oak vats. They spend three days at 12°C before fermentation, and 50 days afterward.
  • Elevage:6 months in French barriques followed by 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels
  • Winemaker Name:Luigi Fabbro and Katia Nuassbaum
  • Filtration:No
  • Fining:No
  • Scores:2012 Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 -- James Suckling 96/100 2015 Wine Enthusiast 97 2016 James Suckling 98 Decanter 97
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  • Total Production:300.0
  • Sustainable Certificates:San Polino is Certified Organic and follows biodynamic and sustainable principles. They’ve adopted agroforestry to increase soil biodiversity and mycelial networks, plus their winery aims for carbon neutrality. They use only sustainable electricity sources and the most environmentally respectful packaging.
  • Sustainable Practice:Yes

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