By James Suckling
San Polino Brunello di Montalcino
Date: October 20th, 2014
Phenomenal nose of perfectly ripe Sangiovese with an aroma of raspberries and other berries that goes on for minutes. Full body with a fabulous purity of fruit, and a fresh, fruity finish. I love the purity of fruit here. Wow. From biodynamically-grown grapes. Drink or hold.
By Wine Enthusiast
San Polino 2009 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Winery: San Polino
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: T. Edward Wines Ltd
In Magazine: 5/1/2014
By Kerin O’Keefe
This Brunello opens with a floral and fruit fragrance of red rose, wisteria and berry. The floral sensation continues on the juicy palate along with ripe black cherry, raspberry, and white pepper. It has firm, round tannins and is already accessible so enjoy soon.(5/1/2014) -90
By San Polino
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009
Grape Variety: Sangiovese Grosso
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Region: Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
San Polino is a small, family-run estate in Montalcino, closely following permaculture and biodynamic-organic principles to produce premium Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino that are faithful and transparent expressions of the biodiversity found in the San Polino terroir. Located South-east of Montalcino, near Castelnuovo dell'Abate, 2.5 ha of vineyards and 1.5ha of olives are surrounded by the wilderness of Mediterranean woods and shrubland. San Polino only cultivates the Sangiovese Grosso variety, while paying the utmost attention to the health of the soils. We believe that a true Brunello can only come from soils that thrive with a complex interaction of micro-life. We do not use any pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides in our fields. We reintroduce populations of important but almost extinct insects and microorganisms that help combat in a completely natural way diseases and pests in our vineyards.
The grapes for the Brunello di Montalcino come from vineyards in two different areas both adding greater complexity and depth in the later wine: the San Polino vineyard and a plot in the north of Montalcino at an altitude of 350 sml, with a slightly warmer macroclimate than San Polino. All our Brunellos are a result of a judicious blending process, while the actual selection takes place in the vineyards. After having observed, worked and analysed each plot of our vines for years, we have sound knowledge of which part of the vineyard is suitable for which type of Brunello, and all the work is geared towards getting the very best grapes for this goal. Vineyard altitudes range from 350-450 metres, while each plot benefits from the breezes from the Monte Amiata, providing ongoing ventilation in the vineyards resulting in small bunches of healthy grapes.
Around San Polino the soil is a complex composition of sandy loam with a high content of rock material, marl, interspersed with clay. Parts of the soil show ferrous red earth, known as Terra Rossa. For the plot to the north of Montalcino the soil shows more presence of sand and marl.
Grapes are handpicked and put into small crates. The crates never contain more than 10kg of grapes to avoid undue weight and pressure on the skins. We process the grapes immediately to avoid any chance of an uncontrolled spontaneous fermentation in the harvesting boxes. After the grapes have arrived in the cellar they are destemmed and lightly crushed. This is followed by a cold maceration of up to 48 hours at not more that 12°C in wooden fermentation tanks. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in tronconic vats of Slavonian oak using indigenous yeast only. The fermentation temperature can be as high as 28 to 35 degrees celsius depending on the vintage. Several daily operations of manual pigeage (punching of the cap), delestage (rack and return) as well as remontage (pumping over) are performed. The wine stays on the skins for approximately 35 days, after which the wine is racked off immediately in large Slavonian oak casks of 38 and 26hl where it remains for 35 months. During the entire winemaking no additives apart from low levels of sulphur dioxide are used. Produced with certified organic grapes (ICEA) only.
Ripe, bold. full-bodied, blackberries and ripe black cherries a great Sangiovese to hold or drink now.
Traditonally paired with game, roast beef, pork and lamb. Combines beautifully with rich vegetarian dishes and tasty, matured cheeses.
[Info provided by Superior Wine Selections]
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2009 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino
A Sangiovese Grosso Dry Red Table wine from Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Review by Monica Larner
Wine Advocate # 211 (Feb 2014)
Drink 2014 - 2015
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino seems to have lost its way with overdone and oxidative aromas of bruised apple, wet hay and dried fig. Perfumed, almost saccharine-like layers of church incense and rose potpourri also appear. It feels flat and lifeless with an odd point of acidity that comes out of left field. Drink: 2014-2015. Importer: T. Edward Wines, www.tedwardwines.com