San Polino, Rosso Di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2019
There is a small 'nirvana' northwest of Montalcino, where Luigi Fabbro and Katia Nuassbaum founded San Polino nearly 30 years ago.
Using Luigi's scientific experience of mapping the Amazon rainforest they decided to try their hands at "creating wines as complete reflections of the biodiversity of their terroir" Katia explains. This tiny estate of only 4 hectares now produces luscious and balanced wines farmed bio-dynamically by this energetic couple who, it is clear, pour all their heart and energies into these sublime wines. Praised by critics and peers they have been described as having "an incredible clarity and pureness of fruit that is unequalled in the region".
Organic and biodynamic farming, with an ethos of permaculture for managing the vineyard. Hand grown with specialised pruning to allow the growth of just the right amount of juicy yet thick skinned grapes on each vine, hand harvested in fields lying to the south-east and north-east of Montalcino at 450 m and 350m altitude respectively, in fields where no chemicals have ever been used.
Harvested in early October by hand. 3 day cold maceration then spontaeous fermentation in a mixture of large oak barrels and stainless steel. 21 days further maceration on the skins and following pressing spontaneous malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.
Type: 38 hl tronic oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
A bright and vivacious wine, fresh and zesty, bursting with energy, light garnet colour and ethereal red fruit flavours, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, with darker shadows and hints of blackcurrant and blackberry. Delighful floral nose, a meadow of wild flowers in full bloom, the taste is round and smooth, slightly saline reminiscent of its marine fossil-bed terroir, mineral and earthy, and of medium length.
This is a wine to be enjoyed on its own or to accompany full-flavoured dishes.
6 x 75cl
Award: James Suckling 94 Points