I picked up San Polo Rubio Montalcino 2010 because I fancied the clean, simple approach to the label, and although not a Brunello or Rosso di Montalcino it was still a Sangiovese from Montalcino so I figured it had the potential to be rather tasty. San Polo was purchased in 2007 by Marilisa Allegrini and Leonardo Lo Cascio, an entrepreneur and distributer of Italian wines throughout the United States and owners of Poggio al Tesora in Bolgheri. Protecting and preserving the “environment and all its beauty” serves as their driving philosophy in the vineyard and cellar where organic and sustainable methods are employed in both.
Dark garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of violets and decadent ganache covered raspberries rose from the glass. Aged in stainless steel, fresh tart cherry and red currant flavours were supported by traces of earthy forest elements in the medium body. Spicy pink peppercorn and dark chocolate lingered enticingly in the moderate finish. Smooth and straightforward, this is a fantastic versatile companion at the table.
Winemakers blend of Sangiovese “and a small percentage of other Estate varieties” [I was not able to verify varietal percentages.]
Bottled by Poggio San Polo, Montalcino
Enjoy now thru 2014
Rated 88points by the Wine Advocate