San Polo Rosso di Montalcino 2020
San Polo Rosso di Montalcino
San Polo Rosso di Montalcino is bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, it has aromas of fresh berries, Morello cherry and blackberries that are complemented by a hint of vanilla spice. This is a fragrant, intense wine with smooth, finely-balanced tannins and a persistent, aromatic finish.
The grapes for this Rosso di Montalcino came from three hectares of vineyard planted in 2000. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south and south-east, with chalky clay soils. The vines are spur-cordon trained and planted at a density of 7,000 vines per hectare. Yields are on average 49 hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes were hand picked. After careful selection of the bunches, gentle pressing followed and then fermentation took place in concrete tanks, with maceration on the skins lasting around 14-16 days at 28-30°C. The wine was then aged for 12 months in lightly-toasted, second-use French oak barriques (Allier) followed by a month of bottle ageing before release.
San Polo is situated in Podernovi, on the southern slope of Montalcino.
The valley is called Sant’ Antimo and there too, almost at touching distance, stands Mount Amiata. The locals call this area a ‘Mezzopane’, meaning that to admire the beautiful view is to ‘take one’s fill’, like food for the soul.
The windows, knolls and vantage points of the Estate’s two farmhouses look out over the breath-taking Tuscan landscape of the Old Masters. And finally, San Polo’s modern and innovative wine-making cellar is so cutting-edge as to have become synonymous with the Company itself.
Excellent exposure and constant breezes enabled the grapes to reach harvest time in good health and with ideal ripeness, giving rise to wines with distinct personality and elegance.
This property was purchased by Marilisa Allegrini in 2006. Marilisa has continued to invest heavily in the estate, and this investment is now evident in the ever-increasing quality of the wines.
Situated in the eastern part of Montalcino, this estate covers 22 hectares of which 16 are under vine, and produces wines that are classic in style, but with a bit more weight than would be found to the north of the zone.