Producer: Castello di San Polo in Rosse
Decanter average score: 95
A combination of the old and the new (fermentation in cement vats but ageing is 24 months in 700-litre tonneaux of new French oak) and an eco-friendly approach (use of natural fertilisers) makes for some highly distinctive wines. The estate is located in Montalcino’s central- southeastern sector at Podernovi, one of the highest quality areas for Sangiovese in the whole DOCG, and the rather young vineyards – the oldest were planted in 1990 – give somewhat austere but ever-improving wines. The 2010 is the best Brunello San Polo has ever made.
Andrea Briccarello: 95 Clean, very intense and sensual nose. Lots of intense warm spices and dark forest fruits. Very concentrated, complex with elegant fruit.
Ian D’Agata: 95 In a lovely modern style that is extremely well made. Smooth and suave in character.
Michael Garner 95 Spicy oak and cedar notes over powerful berry fruit aromas. Full and rich, with a real swagger. Juicy berry flavours, with good balance and length, liquorice and tobacco notes to finish.