2012 Poggio San Polo Brunello Di Montalcino RiservaSangiovese from Italy
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- 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 94 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
- 93 Wine Enthusiast
- 92 Decanter
- 92 Wine & Spirits
- 92 Wine Spectator
96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
Reserved and cool for this opulent vintage with red fruits and delicate herbal notes. This is a concentrated and deep wine with a ton of dry tannins. Great balance, too. I love the long finish with its minty freshness. Drink or hold.
94 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a darkly saturated Sangiovese with a very etched and precise fruit profile. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva offers immediate aromas of black cherry liqueur and pressed blackberry. Those berry notes are followed by spice, cinnamon and toasted coffee. This Riserva hits the palate with direct force and precision. It does not show the jammy or cooked notes commonly found in Sangiovese made in this hot vintage. Only 5,000 bottles were produced.
93+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
Dark red with some amber at the rim. Sweet red cherry, Asian herbs and woodsy underbrush on the nose. Enters rich and ripe, then slightly more angular and tart in the middle, offering red berry and cherry flavors that are less flinty and herbal than those of the 2013 Brunello from San Polo. Finishes with lipsmacking acidity and an austere quality. Really needs a few years in the cellar to round out. This will likely turn out to be a very good food wine.
93 Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of ripe plum, underbrush, eucalyptus and star anise emerge in the glass. Polished and firmly structured, the palate delivers fleshy black cherry, strawberry jam, licorice and tobacco set against a backbone of youthfully assertive fine-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2030.
Established in 1995, San Polo is now co-owned by the Allegrini family and retired American distributor, Leonardo Lo Cascio. For the Riserva, a selection is made at harvest of the thinnest bunches with the smallest berries. It's a classy, polished example with a cherry and vanilla core offset by thyme, sous-bois and cedar notes. Layers of sturdy tannin provide a solid frame for the ripe fruit.
92 Wine & Spirits
Fruit from vineyards in Montalcino’s southern reaches produced a deeply concentrated, brooding riserva in the warm 2012 vintage. Scents of smoke, scorched earth and spice lead into opulent flavors of kirsch, tobacco and roasted mushroom, lifted a bit at the finish by hints of pine and orange peel. Aged for two years in French oak barriques, it’s a wine built for steakhouse lists. Marilisa Allegrini of the famed Veneto family has owned the estate since 2007, and consulting oenologist Luca d’Attoma oversees the winemaking.
92 Wine Spectator
A slim version for the vintage, this linear red displays cherry, strawberry, floral and spice aromas and flavors. Sweet fruit holds the center, with refined tannins following up on the lingering finish. Best from 2021 through 2033. 400 cases made, 150 cases imported. — BS
|Sub-Region||Brunello di Montalcino|
96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
94 - Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93+ - Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
93 - Wine Enthusiast
92 - Decanter
92 - Wine & Spirits
92 - Wine Spectator
|Taste||red fruit, strawberry and raspberry|
|Nose||asparagus, green pepper and red fruit|