94 Insider Points
92 points - Wine Enthusiast
90 points - Vinous Media
This one is for you my Brunello loving friends! If you like old-world traditional, rustic and powerful you'll absolutely love love this 2012 San Polino. I call this a relaxation or mediatation wine, there's NO rush to drink it. There are nuances upon nuances of rustic red fruit, tobacco, leather, flowers and earthy components to keep your palate engaged. I believe this is still young and will start to blossom in 4-5 years very nicely with the aging potential as far as 2030-2032. The layers of structure and tannins are quite beautiful in this wine. Balance of acidity and natural winemaking techniques really make this a SUPERIOR Brunello project that will drive higher points as it ages and appreciate in value for sure. Great small time production Brunello find & I recommend a minimum of 3-6 bottles for your cellar. I rated this one slightly higher taking into consideration how this will get better and better and appeals to the true Old School Italian wine lovers. Enjoy it! ~James Byus III, Premier Wine Concierge
Ripe berry, tilled soil, new leather, iris and balsamic aromas merge with chopped herb on this vibrant full-bodied red. The palate is still young and tight, showing wild raspberry, dried cherry, star anise and tobacco while a hint of orange zest closes the finish. It's youthfully austere and will age well for years. Drink 2020–2032. ~Karen O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
Bright red. Aromas and flavors of red berries, candied violets and minerals. Currently showcases a rather austere personality with the red berry flavors offering plenty of mineral nuances. I like this wine’s refined personality, but I can see how some might find this to be a little on the lean side. But I think cellaring this four to five years will help this put on weight. ~Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media
Slavonian oak vats that range in size from 2600 to 3800 liters and the occasional, conservative use of neutral oak barrels
This must-have Brunello from the astounding 2012 vintage is framed by the incredible seduction that only San Polino can bring to the bottle. Layers of ripe, black cherries mix and mingle with flowers, earth, and sage in every sip.
Made by the skilled hands of Luigi Fabrro, or Gigi as he’s fondly known, San Polino shows off the prestige of Brunello di Montalicino’s heralded soils and the intensity of the relationship between man, land, and vine. With Katia Nussbaum in step, the dynamic duo produces Sangiovese of exceptional polish and power.
If, as Katia and Gigi suspect, all of existence is tied by single thread then you can enjoy a gentle tug against your heartstrings in your first sip of their work. With their hands in the organically tended vineyards, the team treats their winegrowing and their winemaking with the careful attention that those of us who enjoy their wines can taste and feel deep in our souls and our glasses.
Why we love it:
The not-quite 7 acres of Sangiovese vines encircled by Mediterranean wilderness and shrubland that Gigi and Katia call home are organically and biodynamically farmed. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, and it is treated royally well to ensure that the terroir of Brunello di Montalcino shines through every ruby glassful.
This little plot of heaven is a hop and skip southeast of Montalcino. The vines are planted on south facing hills where they overlook the scenic Ribusouli river from 1,500 feet above sea level. Here the ripening Sangiovese can ripen happily, enjoying the constant breeze from the south.
For 1,000 years, San Polino has enjoyed its place under the sun at the end of their gravel road near Siena. Here, the land and winery and the vines have changed hands precious few time. In the 18th century it was the home of the Piccolomini family. Then in 1991, Katia and Gigi bought the farmstead and replanted, keeping 6 olive trees mentioned in the registers in 1581.
Rustic ripe berries, tilled soil, leather, tobacco, dried cherry and anise. Very old school and naturally produced, like most wines from Italy. Layers of styructure and gripping tannins that will mellow and blossom over time. A Brunello lover's Brunello!
This small farm in Montalcino produces a certified organic Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino and extra-virgin olive oil. They have 3 hectares of vineyard and 1.5 hectares of olives which are surrounded by the wilderness of mediterranean woods and shrubland.
In the interests of autochthony and typicality they farm only the Sangiovese vine varietal and use, for the most part, only manual work in the fields. They pay great attention to the health of the soil, believing that true DOCG can only come from soil that is thriving with a complex interaction of micro-life.
Their first Brunello was released in 2001 and they have had the good fortune to have produced some excellent vintages.
Check out this video and meet the wonderful people at San Polino!
"My ultimate pairing is a Super comfort food, a country dish:
Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew with Sausage and Cabbage or some Pasta Fagioli. If you need your big slab of meat a Roasted Porchetta will definitely go well with this one!" -JB