Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio San Polo, Tuscany, Italy 2010

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Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio San Polo, Tuscany, Italy 2010


There are pygmies in the mountains of New Guinea, who roll their eyes when told about the quality of the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, so it's hardly a secret, but we are keen to bang the jungle drum as loudly as possible about the Poggio San Polo 2010, because it seems to encapsulate everything about this outstanding vintage: perfectly ripe Sangiovese with natural freshness underscored by traditional ageing in large oak casks, allowing the fruit to take centre stage. Here are some of the rave reviews it has received:

Decanter Magazine (December 2015) 'Outstanding' : "Spicy oak and cedar notes over powerful berry fruit aromas. Full and rich with real swagger. Juicy berry flavours with good balance and length, liquorice and tobacco notes to finish. In a lovely modern style that is extremely well made." 95 points

The Wine Advocate: “Poggio San Polo's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine with a deep sense of aromatic purity and complexity. The bouquet delivers characteristic tones of small berry, forest floor, pressed violets, sweet spice, liquorice and cola. Those aromas are both pure and intense, and build in momentum as the wine takes on more air in the glass. This is a fantastic effort with a mouthfeel that is as delicate and light as it is meaningful and long-lasting. The overall effect is one of elegance and finesse. This is a highly recommendable achievement from a classic vintage. Open this bottle after 2017. ” 94+ points

Decanter Magazine (Steven Spurrier): “Robust fruit but more elegant than many Brunellos, fine vineyard and varietal expression, classy.”

Decanter Magazine's '50 Star Buys of 2015' (no. 7): "Dried and fresh cherry fruit plus some earthy notes - some age is evident here. A firm, savoury style that is old-school in style but very well done. Roasted, nutty tones and delicately chewy, fine-grained tannins flood the palate, yet it is still elegant. Drink 2016-2025."

Antonio Galloni: "Juicy dark cherries, rose petals, savory herbs, mint and wild flowers are all woven together nicely in the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Succulent and forward, the 2010 drinks well today, but it also has the depth to develop nicely for at least a few more years. Silky tannins support the round, supple finish” 

Jancis Robinson MW: “Mid ruby with orange rim. Sweetly spiced oak and succulent sweet fruit pulled together by firm, chewy tannins and tangy acidity. Complete if a little sweet on the finish and in need of more age to lose its youthful sweetness.” 

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