Get to know: San Polino, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017
"Sour cherries, licorice, lemon verbena and balsamic on the nose. There’s lavender and sandalwood, too. So much pure sangiovese character with tangy acidity and juicy sour and savory hints carrying this wine long. Firm, grippy tannins that are at the forefront for now. Give it a few years."
Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
"This is a very special Italian wine that has excelled despite a difficult vintage. San Polino are one the top producers of Brunello di Montalcino. Their wines have an incredible clarity and pureness of fruit. This is a great red wine for a gift and one to keep in the cellar for a few years before enjoying it."
There is a small nirvana just northwest of Montalcino where Luigi Fabbro and Kaita Naussbaum founded San Polino nearly 30 years ago. The couple set out to create wines that are complete reflections of the biodiversity of the terroir. The estate is a tiny 4 hectares, farmed organically and biodynamically by this couple your pour all of their heart and energy into these sublime wines.
The vineyards are South facing at 450 metres made up of sandy loam and volcanic soil mix, with marl veins. Fermentation is spontaneous, on indigenous wild yeasts, in tronic oak vats. Grape are macerated for 2 days at 12°C pre-fermentation, 38 days post-fermentation. The wine is then aged for 6 months in French barriques followed by 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels