Sunday, November 3, 2013

San Polo: Brunello Di Montalcino 2008 and Rubio 2010

Here are two wines from Allegrini's Montalcino winery, Poggio San Polo.

2008 San Polo Brunello Di Montalcino 13.5% ABV, $55


The nose is both elegant and deep in character, with spiced cherry fruit that is full, but not overly ripe. Underbrush notes support the aspects of the nose. Also present are hints of snuffed-out candle and subtle spearmint, both adding pleasantly to the complexity.
The palate is medium weight and full flavored showing solid red cherry fruit with cherry liquor undertones and sweet Asian spice. Good acidity supports, but doesn't overshadow the personality of the palate. Easy tannins follow, with a bit of cinnamon, and dried cherry skins on the finish. Plush, and pleasant. 89 Pts

2010 San Polo "Rubio" IGT 13.5% ABV, $13


Composed primarily of Sangiovese from the Montalcino zone (the producer does not specify what other grapes may be included) the Rubio is a straightforward and solid IGT wine, aimed at the burgers and pasta niche. The nose starts of with cherry liquor notes, prominent underbrush and dried herbs on top. Subtle spice notes, perhaps anise and / or nutmeg, peek through as well..The palate is mid-weight and fairly bold with plenty of good acidity, balanced by firm tannins and dried red cherry fruit. It finishes with some earthiness, charcoal, good grip, and moderate length. 88Pts

You can read my post about other Allegrini wines here.

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