Country: Italy Region: Tuscany Vintage: 2017
Category: Red Wine Colour: Red
Producer: Poggio San Polo
Winter and spring were mild and very dry. This brought forward
budburst by about two weeks. San Polo's vineyards were not
affected by the frost that hit many areas in April, thanks to their
southern exposure, high altitude and abundant air circulation.
There was welcome rain after the hot summer at the beginning of
September, which enabled the Sangiovese grapes to reach their
last stage of ripening in perfect health.
This property was purchased by Marilisa Allegrini in 2006. Marilisa
has continued to invest heavily in the estate, and this investment is
now evident in the ever-increasing quality of the wines. Situated in
the eastern part of Montalcino, this estate covers 22 hectares of
which 16 are under vine, and produces wines that are classic in
style, but with a bit more weight than would be found to the north
of the zone.
The grapes for this Rosso di Montalcino came from three hectares
of vineyard planted between 1990 and 2000. The vineyards are
situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south
and south-east, with chalky clay soils. The vines are spur-cordon
trained and planted at a density of 7,000 vines per hectare. Yields
are on average 49 hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes were hand picked. After careful selection of the
bunches, gentle pressing followed and then fermentation took
place in concrete tanks, with maceration on the skins lasting
around 14-16 days at 28-30°C. The wine was then aged for 12
months in lightly-toasted, second-use French oak barriques (Allier)
followed by a month of bottle ageing before release.
The Rosso is bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, it has aromas of
fresh berries, Morello cherry and blackberries that are
complemented by a hint of vanilla spice. This is a fragrant, intense
wine with smooth, finely-balanced tannins and a persistent,