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Date Printed: 2/19/2017
Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
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James Suckling rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 2/19/2017: $66.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense and bright ruby red with garnet highlights, it expresses the typical aromas of violets and small red berries, followed by spicy nuances of walnut husk. The wine has a deeply-woven, robust texture with a persistent finish and well-rounded tannins.

The food pairings for Brunello Riserva must be in line with its elevated stature, such as the traditional 'Fiorentina' Tbone steak, dishes prepared with wild boar, suckling pig and game. It also pairs well with very mature cheeses, such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Tuscan pecorino, provolone and Castelmagno.

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About Poggio San Polo:

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.

In 2007, Marilisa Allegrini and Leonardo Locascio purchased the property, and with together with winemaker Nicola Biasi adhere to meticulous vineyard management, including environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture, and extremely low-yield crop management (approximately 2 tons per acre). The vines are traditionally trained according to the spurred cordon method, with south/south-east exposure. After being harvested, the grapes receive a long maceration in stainless steel at controlled temperatures (82-86° F) and are then immediately transferred to French barriques (10 months for the Rosso, 18 months for the Mezzopane, and 24 months for the Brunello).