Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino "Vignavecchia" DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [RP 95+] [WE 94] [WS 93]

Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino "Vignavecchia" DOCG 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [RP 95+] [WE 94] [WS 93]


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About the winery: 
In 2007, Marilisa Allegrini (of the Veneto's esteemed Allegrini winery!) and Leonardo LoCascio (head of US importer Winebow) purchased the property, and brought in winemaker Nicola Biasi to build on San Polo's already considerable reputation and impressive levels of quality: Poggio San Polo's Brunello di Montalcino have consistently achieved outstanding ratings since the 1997 vintage.

The vineyards at San Polo were planted between 1990 and 2000 with the goal of making the highest quality Brunello di Montalcino. With an altitude of 1350 feet above sea level, their southern facing vineyard receives optimal sun exposure and is the highest in Montalcino. The vineyard also has natural terraces facing the stunning Sant'Antimo Valley and is entirely dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino.

Notes from the Winemaker:
The Vignavecchia vineyard at San Polo is located on a western facing hill of rare beauty. These soils are composed of deep deposits of "galestro" (clay/limestone) which support the profound roots systems of 30+ years-old vines. Here, biodiversity reigns supreme, and with the utmost respect for nature's own rhythms, we create our Iconic Brunello.

Intense ruby-red color with notes of ripe, red fruit, on the nose followed by violets, forest floor and pleasing, woody, undertones. On the palate, the wine is structured, with robust, warm, tannins and a very long finish. The particular features of the terroir at San Polo produce a Brunello Vignavecchia with a capacity for lengthy ageing, while patient cellaring enhances the wine during ageing in the bottle.

Food pairings:
The elegance and harmonious personality of this wine enables it to pair extremely well with highly-structured cuisine such as red meats and game, as well as with mushrooms and truffles. It is ideal with matured cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Tuscan pecorino. Serve in large glasses at 16-18°C (60-65°F)to fully enjoy its aromas, opening the bottle two hours before drinking.

Vintage characteristics:
One of the best vintages in the last twenty years. The entire growing cycle of the vine took place under the best possible conditions. A cold winter with frequent heavy rainfall and low temperatures gave way to a dry spring with temperatures slightly above average, enabling uniform bud burst and perfect flowering. Showers in the summer months were scarce but fortunately heavy, which made it possible to carry out sustainable and environmentally friendly pest and disease management. Hot, sunny days with excellent day-night temperature variations enabled the bunches to achieve ideal ripening by the end of September: the berries were perfectly healthy, and acidity was high, despite elevated sugar concentration. The harvest of Sangiovese, which ended by the end of the month, delivered perfectly healthy grapes with a very thick skin, a prerequisite for long macerations and for wines with great ageing potential.

Ratings & Reviews

100 Points - James Suckling:
"This is a phenomenal new red from San Polo with superb depth and intensity with plum, wet earth and black truffle. Full body. Chewy and ripe tannins and a long and flavorful finish. The depth and beautiful is gorgeous. Needs three or four years to come together. Better after 2022." (9 Sep, 2019)

95+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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 (Oct 2020)

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Aromas of underbrush, camphor and tobacco form the nose along with a whiff of prune. Tightly knit and full-bodied, the palate features black-cherry jam, licorice, roasted coffee-bean and toasted notes alongside close-grained, velvety tannins. Drink 2022 - 2027." - Kerin O'Keefe ( 7/1/2020 )

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"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 (Jun 30, 2020)