2011 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $55)

SKU #1282100 95 points James Suckling

 Wonderful aromas of ginger, plum, lemongrass and ripe berry. Full body and silky tannins with a depth of fruit and a long, long finish. A fantastic wine for the vintage. Can age this, but delicious already. Better than the 2010.  (2/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing craftsmanship and care, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a classic interpretation of Sangiovese from a warm vintage. It is generous and immediate with dried cherry aromas, blackberry, spice, leather and pressed rose. This is not a banal Brunello by any stretch. The more you dig deep into the bouquet, the more there is to discover. I detected hints of rosemary and sharper notes of pecorino cheese. Together, they paint a pretty picture of both the grape and the territory. (ML)  (3/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant and intense, this tightly coiled red offers strawberry, cherry and spice flavors. Shows good grip on the finish, where tobacco and mineral elements emerge. Best from 2017 through 2028. (BS)  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Cliff Spinola | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2017 | Send Email
This very developed wine has deep, earthy tones characteristic of the biggest, boldest brunellos. Very savory, rustic, and full-bodied.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2017 | Send Email
Yet another wonderful example of 2011 Brunello!!! It's so elegant and bright, with lovely mouth filling texture, freshness of red cherries and savory components with hints of mushroom. The aroma of wine is also mesmerizing and alluring: earthy tones mixed up with red fruit notes. It's just amazing to me how beautifully this wine drinking right now and will be for the next 5-10 years. I am outright loving 2011 vintage and this wine is a pure joy!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
Poggio San Polo is one of several wineries owned by the Allegrini Family, most known for their flagship property in Valpolicella where they continue to produce their famed Amarone and Veronese wines. Their 2011 Brunello is a modern interpretation of the classic wine of the zone and it's a showstopper. The fruit here is smooth, richly textured and concentrated and just goes on and on. Deep flavors of red berries and vanilla oak coat the palate and although there's plenty of acidity and backbone, the opulence of the fruit overshadows all else.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
I loved how approachable this Brunello is for such a young age. Don't get me wrong, it still has plenty of acid and structure, but it's very well integrated at this stage. The high-toned red fruits are shining right now and create an approachableness to this wine. There are plenty of Brunellos showing earthy, savory qualities with untouchable tannin right now, but I appreciate that this one is softened and juicy. Great to cellar, but definitely not unreasonable to drink now.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
I was so surprised how well integrated and balanced this wine was immediately after opening. Usually with Brunello, especially young Brunello, I like to decant or even aerate the wine to try to open up the young structure. While the wine would do well with some cellar time, it really encompasses the vintages concentration, fullness and milder acidity (compared to the usually super high Brunello acidity.) The fine tannins finish strong with flavors of red and black cherry skin that extend from fresh fruit on the mid palate. A nice peppered steak or roasted pork would be delicious with this bottle of San Polo!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2017 | Send Email
Classic San Polo, black cherry & ripe strawberry, very well balanced. This is full-bodied and powerful, soft tannins long finish, slightly rustic, but impressive for its concentration.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is beautiful, full of savory notes, salted plums and porcini accented with vibrant Marasca cherry notes. On the palate the wine is full, it is from a warm vintage but it’s really graceful just with a bit of giggle in the middle for texture. The flavors are complex, saturated and are a combination of the savory, umami notes with hints of that Marasca cherry lifting the finish. This wine is really well balanced, perhaps exceptionally so for the richness it shows. For me the 2011 Poggio San Polo was one of the best Brunello of the 2011 vintage and will drink well over the next 5-10 years.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14